Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How Customize your Computer Properties: Change Support Data and Add your Photo?

All PCs using Windows display OEM information (OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, but most often refers to a reseller). You can change this information and personalize it to suit your personality. Changing it will make it look a little like you built your computer. Or you can use this modification for shameless promotion of your business if you are computer vendor or repairmen.

To see the OEM information of your PC, right-click on My Computer to call service menu, and select Properties. The window, that opens, defaults to the General tab, which shows the OEM information.

To change this information, follow these steps:
  1. You want to find a file called "oeminfo.ini". You can do this by performing a Find File for "oeminfo.ini". The file is in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder (or SYSTEM32 folder, depending on the Operating System). Make a backup of this file and save a copy in a safe place. Or leave it there, but rename it for safety reasons to oeminfo.bak. If your computer doesn't have this file, you can create a new one. Just follow the example below. Create a new Notepad document and rename it to oeminfo.ini.
  2. Open the existing or newly created file oeminfo.ini file by double-clicking on it. You'll see a list of items that looks something like this:
Manufacturer= Nesher Computer Services
Model= My Best Old Friend
[support information]
Line1 = Collection of Web Freebies
Line2 =
Line3 = The Best Information on Web!
Line4 = Yes, we Can!

You can change the information after the = sign. You can delete several lines in the support information, or add some more. If you're creating a new oeminfo.inf file, just type this information, preserving the format properly.

General information is visible on the main tab, and support information is visible when you click on the Support Information button, displayed in the box that pops up.

  1. Perform a Save As, and save the file as a .ini file (replace the oeminfo.ini file in the system folder).
  2. Check the OEM info by right-clicking on My Computer and select Properties. Your changes should be in effect.
You can also add an image to the OEM info box. To do this:
  1. Create a bitmap image with the dimensions of about 175x100 pixels.
  2. Save the file as a bitmap and name it "oemlogo.bmp".
  3. Place the file in the system folder along with the oeminfo.ini.
Some users reported that their oeminfo data is located in system directory, other – in system32 directory, so place the newly created files accordingly. 

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