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Change the OEM information in the Windows System Properties panel to your own

If you want to add your own contact information to the Windows System Properties panel, or change the OEM information that's already there, it's a pretty easy process.

If you want to add your own contact information to the Windows System Properties panel or change the OEM information that's already there, it's a pretty easy process.

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It was several years ago when I started to add the step of putting my own personal contact information and company logo into the Windows System Properties panel on my custom builds. I've been doing it ever since, and it's a pretty quick and easy process.

If you go to Computer - System Properties, you might see a manufacturer's name and logo in the system section. Or, if you have a self-build or custom-built computer, there might not be anything at all. What follows are the pretty simple steps to add your own personal information.

1. Create your logo image (if you don't already have one) and put it in the following system folder:

• C:\Windows\System32\oobe\your-logo.bmp

• Note: You could put it anywhere, I suppose, and path to it accordingly, but the current OEM logo is probably here, and I prefer to be consistent with system files.

• The logo must be in the .bmp format and should be 120x120. Larger images will be automatically sized accordingly (and sometimes appear rather distorted).

2. Back up your system registry.

3. Run regedit and navigate to the following registry path:

• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation

4. If your computer is an OEM product, look for the two string values Logo and Manufacturer in the right panel. If it isn't, you'll have to create those two new string values. To do so, right-click on OEMInformation | New | String Value | Logo. (Repeat for Manufacturer.)

5. Right-click on the string value, select Modify, and enter the updated information for each value.

6. In the Windows System Properties panel, you'll now see your updated personal information.

Click to enlarge.

You might not want your personal information to be on the computers you support, I suppose, but if you do, give this process a try.

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