How to: Apply Company Branding to your Windows 7 Image

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A lot of people will be migrating to Windows 7 in the coming year. If you want to make your Windows 7 image look and feel unique for your company and hammer home that this is your image, not just Windows 7 out of the box, this is a company asset. There’s a few simple configurations you can make to give Windows 7 your company branding. I’d like to give credit to Louie Meraz, once again who worked with me on this post. Even if you plan to be more user-centric and allow your users to change their desktop background, it’s still nice to present the user with a company branded Windows 7 for their first logon.

Logon User-Interface Background

When users first receive their Windows 7 image they are greeted with a logon screen which you can customize.

This can be set by following these steps:

Modify the following registry setting as below

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\AUTHENTICATION\LOGONUI\BACKGROUND

If it does not exist you should create it as it appears in my below image.

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As per the image we created the DWORD registry key called OEMBackground and set it’s value to 1

Next we used an image which was no bigger than around 250KB. Then we named it backgroundDefault as per my screenshot and place it in a folder %windir%\system32\oobe\Info\backgrounds\

Which in most cases will be under C:\ if that’s where the OS was installed to. %windir% will find the correct location for you.

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Desktop Background

The default desktop background can also be modified. To do this you need to browse to C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows and first change the security settings to change the Ownership to the logged on users. E.g. Rorymon. Then modify the permissions so Users have Full Control. You can then delete the default Windows 7 img0.jpg that is there and put in your own image and rename it to img0.jpg. This will be the default now when any new user logs in.

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