Brand Your PC
with a Custom Logo
OEM vendors often dress up the system
Properties screen with a custom logo and support
information, giving prebuilt PCs an air of
professionalism. Well guess what? You can add the same
personal touch to your own machine in just a few easy
Open up any photo-editing program
and create a 180x114-pixel image. Save the image as a
bitmap and name it oemlogo.bmp, then place it in
C:\Windows\System32. Next, create a Notepad file in the
same folder and save it as oemminfo.ini. OEM resellers
use this file to enter customer-support information, but
you can write whatever you wish as long as you use the
Manufacturer = Thousand Oaks
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If you need more space, just create a
Hard Drive a New Icon
IconsExtract to extract existing icons
from your system. When you find one you like, save it
to the root of the drive you want to change (for
example, C:\Cool_Icon.ico). Next, create a new file
with Notepad and edit line one to read [autorun] and on
line two write icon=Cool_Icon.ico. Save and name
the file autorun.ini and reboot.
Scroll Bar's Dimensions
A wider scroll bar can make navigation
an easier affair on a touch-screen panel, and power
users can benefit from the additional real estate
afforded by narrowing the scroll bar. Whatever your
objective, open Display Properties in the Control Panel,
click the Appearance tab, click Advanced, select
Scrollbar from the items menu, and go hog wild!
Google Desktop, then Hack It!
Google Desktop pounces all over Window’s
built-in search, but to truly kick your search groove
into high gear, you need to tweak a couple of settings.
Under the Options menu, make sure HTTPS is unchecked to
prevent Google from indexing sensitive information.
Then click “Add drive or folder to search” and add any
networked PCs so you can search for files across your
network without ever leaving your chair. Finally,
TweakGDS plugin, which will let you
designate a different folder or hard drive to store
Google’s indexing information.
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