How To Add An OEM Logo To Vista System Properties

I believe that some of you’ve came across an OEM hardware logo displayed on Windows System Properties window, particularly on those branded workstations / laptops.
Of course, being able to display an OEM logo in Windows System Properties has little or zero benefits to most general users (except for advertisement by hardware manufacturers)
However, you might just want to have some fun, to impress your superior, to show off a little Windows skills, etc, then you might wanted to know how to add a picture or logo in Windows Vista SP1 System Properties window.

For demo, this screenshot shows how the OEM logo and related information are shown in Vista SP1 System Properties window (specifically, this window is just known as System window, that you could open up with Windows + Pause hotkey or right-click Computer follow by clicking Properties menu):

How to add an OEM logo or image to Vista SP1 System Properties window?

Prepare your own OEM logo or image, cut / crop it to 120×120 pixel and save it as BMP file format (a.k.a. Bitmap file format).

Next, save this 120×120 BMP file to %windir%\system32 folder as OEMLogo.bmp, i.e.

copy YourLogo.bmp %windir%\system32\OEMLogo.bmp
Now, open up Windows Registry Editor,i.e.

  1. Click the Vista Orb (Vista Start button)
  2. Type regedit on the Start Search textbox and press ENTER
  3. Click the regedit.exe link shown in the Program list

Browse to this Registry path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
(If you can’t find the OEMInformation key, right-click the CurrentVersion key, select New followed by Key option and name the new Key as OEMInformation)

While at the OEMInformation key, right-click on the right-pane, select New followed by String Value to create these Registries as “String Value” type:

Logo – the full path of OEMLogo.bmp, i.e. C:\windows\system32\OEMLogo.bmp
Manufacturer
Model
SupportURL
SupportHours
SupportPhone

Double-click each of those Registries and enter the text descriptions, as show in this screenshot:

How To Add An OEM Logo To Vista System Properties

Utility Spotlight – RichCopy

Arther : Joshua Hoffman
Code download available at: HoffmanUtilitySpotlight2009_04.exe (5,896 KB)
Back in the November 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine, I wrote about a handy little utility called Robocopy GUI (see “Utility Spotlight Robocopy GUI“). This simple tool was written by a Microsoft engineer named Derk Benisch, and all it really did was create a graphical interface for the very popular Robocopy command-line utility, which provided file copying capabilities far beyond what was built into Windows. Believe it or not, more than two years later, the Robocopy GUI article remains the single most popular piece of content we’ve ever published, having been viewed well over 220,000 times.
Needless to say, this speaks far more to the value of the tool than to the quality of my writing. Nevertheless, it also makes perfectly clear just how crucial certain simple tasks are in our day-to-day lives, and how staggering an impact even a small improvement in performing those critical tasks can make.
In this case, we’re discussing the simplest of tasks: copying files. Except copying files is not always that simple. What if you’re copying thousands of files across a slow connection? What happens if your network hiccups and interrupts the copy? What if you want to make sure that you preserve particular file attributes, such as a Last Modified date, but not other attributes, like security descriptors? What if you want to filter the files you’re copying from source to destination based on filename or extension?
If any of these apply to you, the simple Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V combination probably won’t cut it. And though Robocopy GUI certainly improves on that basic functionality, it still has some limitations in terms of granular control and usability. What you need is RichCopy.
RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Trust me when I tell you, this is the answer to all your file copying needs. What you’ll find most striking the first time you take RichCopy out for a spin is that it’s a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.
Of course, these are really just the simplest features of RichCopy. As Figure 1 shows, you also get a vast array of granular controls that allow you to customize all of those fancy aspects of your file copying that I talked about earlier—filtering files, saving attributes, adjusting cache size, and so on. If you regularly copy lots of files over the network or between various storage devices, these features will significantly ease your daily life.
Figure 1 RichCopy offers a number of granular controls that allow you to tailor file copying to your needs
Remember, as with all of our free utilities, RichCopy is provided as-is, and it’s not supported by Microsoft.

Youtube EDU

Google has launched YouTube EDU, which centralizes the content from over 100 universities and colleges. This robust collection gives you access to lectures by professors and world-renowned thought leaders, new research and campus tours. At the moment, you can access over 200 full courses from leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Yale and IIT/IISc. And it’s all searchable within YouTube EDU.

Nokia Codes..

  • *3370# This Nokia code activates Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) – Your Nokia cell phone uses the best sound quality but talk time is reduced my approx. 5%
  • #3370# Deactivate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) .
  • *#4720# Activate Half Rate Codec – Your phone uses a lower quality sound but you should gain approx 30% more Talk Time.
  • *#4720# With this Nokia code you can deactivate the Half Rate Codec.
  • *#0000# Displays your phones software version, 1st Line : Software Version, 2nd Line : Software Release Date, 3rd Line : Compression Type .
  • *#9999# Phones software version if *#0000# does not work.
  • *#06# For checking the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI Number) .
  • #pw+1234567890+1# Provider Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w” and “+” symbols).
  • #pw+1234567890+2# Network Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w” and “+” symbols) .
  • #pw+1234567890+3# Country Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w” and “+” symbols).
  • #pw+1234567890+4# SIM Card Lock Status. (use the “*” button to obtain the “p,w” and “+” symbols) .
  • *#147# This lets you know who called you last (Only vodofone).
  • *#1471# Last call (Only vodofone) .
  • *#21# This phone code allows you to check the number that “All Calls” are diverted to.
  • *#2640# Displays phone security code in use .
  • *#30# Lets you see the private number.
  • *#43# Allows you to check the “Call Waiting” status of your cell phone.
  • *#61# Allows you to check the number that “On No Reply” calls are diverted to .
  • *#62# Allows you to check the number that “Divert If Unreachable (no service)” calls are diverted to .
  • *#67# Allows you to check the number that “On Busy Calls” are diverted to
  • *#67705646# Phone code that removes operator logo on 3310 & 3330
  • *#73# Reset phone timers and game scores.
  • *#746025625# Displays the SIM Clock status, if your phone supports this power saving feature “SIM Clock Stop Allowed”, it means you will get the best standby time possible .
  • *#7760# Manufactures code.
  • *#7780# Restore factory settings.
  • *#8110# Software version for the nokia 8110.
  • *#92702689# Displays – 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made, 3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Transfer User Data. To exit this mode you need to switch your phone off then on again.
  • *#94870345123456789# Deactivate the PWM-Mem.
  • **21*number# Turn on “All Calls” diverting to the phone number entered.
  • **61*number# Turn on “No Reply” diverting to the phone number entered .
  • **67*number# Turn on “On Busy” diverting to the phone number entered .
  • 12345 This is the default security code .
  • press and hold # Lets you switch between lines.

Delete the Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop

Open Registry Editor, In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Find the following key:

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Close Registry Editor.

There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon disappears from the desktop.

Note : In order to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop just re-create the missing key

Easter Eggs

Windows XP

  1. First go to Marquee screensaver and write “who cares” (without ” ). After about a month it will change to “I Do.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Type about:robots in the url bar to display a page from our robot rulers
  2. Open Firefox, type “about:mozilla” (without ” ) in the adress bar and press Enter.

Google Chrome

  1. Open up Google Chrome, type in ‘about:internets’ into the URL box. You’ll soon be whisked into a screen with the old pipes screensaver on old Microsoft OSes

WinRAR

  1. Select Help
  2. Select About WinRAR
  3. Just click on the books and they will fall down!
  4. Enjoy!

VLC Player

  1. You need to go to the «Control Panel», then click «Time and Date»
  2. Set the day to 31 December of any year
  3. Click «OK»
  4. Open VLC Player, click «Help», then «About»
  5. Enjoy!

Skype

Just enter a chat session, type any of the following words, including the brackets, and enjoy the resulting emoticons:

(finger)
(bandit)
(mooning)
(swear)
(drunk)
(rock)
(poolparty)
(bug)
(ninja)
(smoking)
(fubar)
(tmi)

Protecting A folder in Windows XP

let us create a folder named “abc” (without quotes). Now, you need to assign something to this folder so that it could be disallowed to open… Just there is a CLSID to do that.
open notepad and write

“ren abc abc.{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}”

without quotes.

Save the file with “.bat” extension. Let us save it as protect.bat (This is the extension of batch files) in the same location where the folder in so that it can be directly be called upon. I mean to say you need to create the batch file in the parent directory of abc. Double click on the file and your folder will be locked.

To unprotect it just change the line to this:

“ren abc.{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} abc”

You will have to change the folder name in place of abc. Thats all.