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Windows 7: Does MS embed PC manufacturers logo in the install disc?

22 May 2014   #1
DOB120745

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Does MS embed PC manufacturers logo in the install disc?

It's not that I particularly mind that the Falcon Northwest logo remains on my computer. What does bother me is that I'm doubtful that I did the total wipe I was going for when I re-installed Win7 (with format). My PC was getting buggy and I felt that the best fix was to scrub everything. When the logo appears, I'm left to wonder if Microsoft burned it in to the disc for that particular vendor, or if it's in the BIOS or somewhere else. There are plenty of videos showing you how to delete the info. But that still doesn't tell me if the wipe missed it (and no telling what else), or if it's installed in a separate storage device. I can't imagine what that would be. I'm limited to what I know about computers. I hope you can help me without too much jargon. Thanks


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22 May 2014   #2
Brink

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Hello Dob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this was a clean install with a retail copy of Windows, then yeah it'll be your BIOS splash screen showing the OEM Falcon Northwest manufacturer logo.
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22 May 2014   #3
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

As for the OEM version many makers/vendors of a computer do indeed embed their logo but they also include coding that prevents using that disc on any other computer except that brand and sometimes only on certain models, e.g a Dell Inspiron disc can't be used on a Dell Dimension computer. Under the licensing from Microsoft the OEMs are allowed to 'customize' their installation.
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22 May 2014   #4
DOB120745

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Follow up question

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Dob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this was a clean install with a retail copy of Windows, then yeah it'll be your BIOS splash screen showing the OEM Falcon Northwest manufacturer logo.
Thank you for the welcome and the reply. You say "retail". All I know is that it came in the box with my PC. If the files are in my BIOS, will they be re-embedded each time I do a clean install? Thanks
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22 May 2014   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That would be a factory recovery disc, and would also include the OEM customizations that Berton posted above.

"Retail" would be a Windows you purchase as a package box in a retail store (ex: Best Buy).
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22 May 2014   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DOB120745 View Post
If the files are in my BIOS, will they be re-embedded each time I do a clean install? Thanks
If the files are in the BIOS (which in this case they are) they aren't re-embedded, they just stay there. Formatting your hard drive doesn't affect your BIOS at all so the image will stay there. I only know of one way to change/delete that image and that requires you having one of a certain few ASUS motherboards which carry the 'MyLogo' feature or the 'EZUpdate' feature.

warning   Warning
Using this feature requires a BIOS flash. Do not continue if you're 100% certain you're comfortable with what you're doing.


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22 May 2014   #7
DOB120745

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Think I understand it all now.

The distinction between retail and what came in the box would've been clear to me if I had taken a closer look before starting this string. I just assumed that since it was in a genuine MS cd-box that it was same as a disc that you'd buy off the shelf at Best Buy. In reality, it's very generic looking and bears the words "Intended for distribution with a new PC."

I guess it's safe to assume that I did actually accomplish the full wipe despite the persistence of the logo. And that's really all I was concerned with. But now, just wondering what kind of methods they use to make all this happen. I can imagine that Dell and HP and FalconNW, etc., would send a logo kit to MS who would burn them into the vendor copies. Or maybe they send the same disc to all the vendors with instructions on how to burn their logos on to the disc. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks guys.
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22 May 2014   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DOB120745 View Post
I guess it's safe to assume that I did actually accomplish the full wipe despite the persistence of the logo. And that's really all I was concerned with.
Yes you will have accomplished that. The boot logo has nothing to with Windows or your hard drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DOB120745 View Post
But now, just wondering what kind of methods they use to make all this happen. I can imagine that Dell and HP and FalconNW, etc., would send a logo kit to MS who would burn them into the vendor copies. Or maybe they send the same disc to all the vendors with instructions on how to burn their logos on to the disc. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks guys.
PC manufacturers write their image file into the BIOS. It's nothing to do with the Windows disk.
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22 May 2014   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

They (Dell, HP, FalconNW) can customize the installer using this,

Download The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 from Official Microsoft Download Center

If you want to try the install again, you could use one of these installers and your product key,

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
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22 May 2014   #10
DOB120745

Win7/64/HomePremium
 
 

Thanks to everyone. Just FYI, the video link at end of this post, shows path for changing vendor logos within Windows. But when I followed the path, I found Name: (Default) Type: REG_SZ Data: (value not set). So I guess that pretty well confirms the storage to be in the BIOS (as you said).

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