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  1. Jase – If they gave Pulitzer’s for technical blog posts, this would be a winner. I’ve pieced together bits and pieces of this information over the years, but have never seen such a well presented description. You have saved me so many dozens of Google searches with this information. Thank you for taking the time to put this all together and share with the community.

  2. Brad Davidson

    This is a fantastic article. I couldn’t have asked for anything better to bring me up to speed on differences between customization of Windows 7 and 8. I just captured a couple images and I’m very anxious to see how everything looks after test deployment. Much thanks.

  3. How do you typically handle multiple monitors? My shop has several workstations with a secondary display in portrait configuration. I am working on a windows 8 deployment using MDT. If i deploy our wallpaper for the primary monitor, it looks bad on the portrait display. Our wallpaper is a simple texture with our logo in the center, so I have learned that I can make a 1920×1920 image and set it to center to get the aspect right on all monitors. The issue then is that the quality isn’t very good when compressing to under 256kb. I also have not been able to properly set the lock screen image via group policy on any test machine. When I apply the policy, the client machine shows a solid color for the lock screen.

  4. Rogelio

    The reg path below does not exist in Windows 8. There is no Authentication subfolder in the registry. We are not able to add an image to the login screen anymore, only to the lock screen in Windows 8. We can only customize the color in the login screen.


    • OEMBackground=1 (REG_DWORD)

  5. Jaysoul

    This is a great tip for importing the lock screen admx for configuring Group Policy if you don’t have Windows Server 2012 infrastructure: http://www.windows8tips.nu/user-interface/configure-the-lock-screen-using-gpos/

    Just tested and works nicely if you copy ControlPanelDisplay.admx from a Windows 8 box with the hotfix applied into your central store

  6. Arcadian Computers

    Alright… I make custom PC’s for people. IDE like to add my company Info like I used to with windows 7. Now with the new windows 8 issues I can’t seem to figure out how to follow these steps… It’s been a while since I’ve done this kind of stuff ^_^ so if you could send me a “dumbed down” set of steps with possible pictures that would be great

    Email: Nicklordzero.com@hotmail.com

  7. Viral Prajapati

    how t make OEM branding on METRO UI Control panel

  8. Viral Prajapati

    how to make OEM branding on METRO UI Control panel in win 8.1

  9. Allen Hiltz

    I tried to customize the OEM info on Windows 8. I managed to create the registry keys, but the OEM info under System Properties never changes. I used this same script on Windows 7 and it worked fine. What am I missing?

    Here’s the script I was using:

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