Remove the OEM Branding on Windows Vista

Removing the OEM Branding of Windows Vista: The following tutorial covers how to add, remove, edit, change and modify the factory OEM branding that comes Windows Vista from system manufacturers. OEM's typically include their logo and other system builder information in the System information applet when the install Windows. The goal of this tutorial is to enable a user to customize the OEM "logo" and "manufacturer" information of the users Vista machine.

Removing or changing Windows Vista OEM branding:

This process will change the OEM system branding that is displayed in the system properties section of Vista.

  1. Click Start and from the search box, type regedit
  2. Navigate to the following path from within the registry:
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ OEMInformation

    Windows Vista OEMInformation Registry

    OEM Note: If the OEMInformation folder is missing, Download this oem.reg file, double click it to add it to the registry and then proceed with Step 2.

  4. Now simply adjust the Logo and Manufacturer key values to suite your custom needs.

Logo Note: The logo needs to be in .bmp format and should be 120×120. Larger images will be automatically resized.

Once finished, you can check your system properties and you should see a custom Logo and manufacturer description based on Step 3.

Windows Vista System properties (NEW OEM Look)

Changing the Logo in the "performance information and tools" section of Vista:

  1. Click Start and from the search box, type regedit
  2. Navigate to the following path from within the registry:
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winsat\WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo

    OEM Note: If the WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo folder is missing, Download this ntoem.reg file, double click it to add it to the registry and then proceed with Step 2.

  4. Now simply adjust the Logo key value to suite your custom needs.

    Logo Note: Again, the logo needs to be in .bmp format and should be 120×120. Larger images will be automatically resized.

    Once finished, you can check your performance information and tools section and you should see a custom Logo and manufacturer description based on Step 3.

    Vista Performance information and tools (NEW OEM Logo)