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How to Change or Add an OEM Logo and Information on a Microsoft Windows Vista Computer

Last Updated February 7, 2008

Issue

How to change or add an OEM logo and information on a Microsoft Windows Vista computer?

Solution

In Windows Vista, adding support information and a company logo is not as simple as it was in Windows XP. It requires editing the Registry. Please follow these instructions.

The Logo

You will need to create a small logo of your choice by using any graphics editing tools. The logo file needs meet the following requirements:

  1. No larger than 120x120 pixels.
  2. In .BMP (bitmap) file format.
  3. File named as OEMLogo.bmp

While this logo image file can be placed in any directory, it is recommended that it be saved it in the %systemroot%\system32 folder of your computer (for example - C:\Windows\System32). Note this path, you'll need it later.

The Registry

This section involves editing your Windows Registry.

From the Start Menu type “Regedit” and press Enter.

Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation

If the OEMInformation key does not exist you will need to create it. To do so, right-click the CurrentVersion key and from the drop down menu click New > Key. In the Key dialogue box type OEMInformation and then press Enter.
 
Next, create the following keys and modify them with the following values:

Key name: Logo
Key type: String Value
Key value: (The path to your logo file, for example: C:\Windows\System32)

Key name: Manufacturer
Key type: String Value
Key value: (Your name, or the company name)

Key name: SupportHours
Key type: String Value
Key value: (Your support hours - such as: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Key name: SupportPhone
Key type: String Value
Key value: (Your support phone number - for example: 555-555-1212)

Key name: SupportURL
Key type: String Value
Key value: (Your support website URL - for example: http://www.meridianoutpost.com
 
Once these edits are made, close Regedit and restart your computer to apply the changes.