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Set system properties logo and information
On the ‘general’ tab of the ‘System Properties’ dialog (right click ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Properties’) will normally be displayed the manufacturer’s logo, company and support information (assuming these have bee set up). This note describes how to change this or set net information up from scratch.
There are two parts to updating that panel - the graphic and the text information.
To create the text information, create a text file named ‘
The first section, "[general]", lists the information shown on the System Properties panel. This can take an optional additional line:
The second section, "[Support Information]", is optional. If added, then the "Support Information" button will appear. Clicking that button brings up a panel with the text listed.
Be aware that leading spaces are ignored, so if you want to indent some text then be sure to enclose it in quotes, for example:
Comments can be added to the
To add the graphic, create a ‘.BMP’ file containing the graphic, name
These sizes are taken from the Microsoft documentation, but there seems to be some degree of variation even on the same operating system so be prepared to tweak the size of the logo to fit best with your target system.
If all you want to do is to simply remove the manufacturer's logo and
information then you can do this by simply deleting or renaming the
These notes have been tested with Windows NT4 and Windows 2000.
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