Customizing the "System Properties" Display
On many pre-built computers, the "System Properties" sheet displays a manufacturer's logo and a button you can click to get support information. How is this done? Can I customize it myself?
Yes, you can display your own graphic and associate a custom text display with the "Support" button. It's just a matter of creating a couple of files and placing them in the proper folder. When you right-click on the My Computer icon and choose "Properties" or run the Control Panel "System" applet, Windows looks for two files, oemlogo.bmp and oeminfo.inf. If present, it uses them to customize the System Properties display.
It's fairly easy to do your own customization using no more than the tools that ship with Windows:
If you want to see how this works in practice, the "example" page shows how we customized the System Properties display on Katharine, one of the computers on our LAN. (Our systems are named after the Wright brothers and their close relatives. Katharine was their sister.)
References: None. I had to figure it out for myself.
This article was instigated by SandyG.