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Windows 7: System Logo : How to Change


System Logo : How to Change

How to Change the Windows Logo on the System Properties Page
Published by Arc
11 Nov 2010
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I know that it is not a part of usual personalization, still I am making this tutorial ... who knows , one day it may be helpful to someone

WHAT DO YOU NEED :

1. An image manipulating tool, say Photoshop (I used it in the making ot the tuto)
2. Resource Hacker ( get it on Download Resource Hacker 3.4.0 - A freeware utility to view, modify, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables. )
3. System File Replacer or even you can do it manually .


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First of all , go to C:\Windows\Branding\ShellBrd and have a manual copy of shellbrd.dll ; so that you can restore it in future .





The actual tutorial is divided into two parts :
Part : I - Drawing the Logo

1. Start Photoshop ... open a new document with 157x151 pixels , let the background be transparent at the start .
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2. Now fill the document with black , place your desired image on it ( You may resize it to fit in the place (Edit>Free Transform ; Hold shift and drag mouse ) . When done , Hold control and click on the logo layer to select the logo (layer 2 in example) .
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3. Now click on Channels pallet , four are already there ... RGB , red , green and blue . Click at the new channel button at the bottom of the pallet ; it will add a new channel Alpha1 , and at the same time will make the other channels invisible
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4. Now , with the channles pallet selected , pot the rounded brush tool (size say 100 pixels) , make it sure that the foreground color is white and background color is black , and fill the selected (previously, instep 2) part with white. So now your channels pallet looks like the shot below
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5. Now click on the vacant box in front of RGB channel to make the other four layers visible again , Get back to layers pallet and flatten the image . Save it as 32 bit BMP file on Desktop , and the first part is done .



Part : II - Modifying and Replacing

6. Start Resource Hacker .... go to C:\Windows\Branding\ShellBrd , and open shellbrd.dll with it .
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7. Expand Bitmap > 1050 > 1033 ; Cilck on Action > Replace Bitmap , and replace the existing with the just made one .
NOTE: (for 125% resolution it will be 2050>1033 and for 150% it will be 3050>1033)
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8. Save the result as shellbrd.dll on desktop .

9. Open System File Replacer, and replace the original dll with the modded one ( you may do it manually too , and you are to take ownership if the file which is shought to be replaced for this purpose ).

10. Restart your computer , and you are done . This is the result belowthat I got .
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11 Nov 2010   #1
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks Arc
Gonna give this a go

Regards


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11 Nov 2010   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Thanks Arc
Gonna give this a go

Regards
You are welcome mate
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11 Nov 2010   #3
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

This is cool, Archie! I'd rep you for this, but alas, I must spread more around first.
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11 Nov 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Archan.



I have no knowledge of how to use PS and do not possess the software; if you have the time would you please make this usable for me and I will be eternally grateful?

Thank you very much!

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11 Nov 2010   #5
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

BareFootKid: just create the same size and type (bmp i think he said) file that he created in photoshop using any image editor and you should be fine. You dont need to worry about all of the layers and special editing he did in PS. He just made his look really nice.
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11 Nov 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lunarpancake View Post
BareFootKid: just create the same size and type (bmp i think he said) file that he created in photoshop using any image editor and you should be fine. You dont need to worry about all of the layers and special editing he did in PS. He just made his look really nice.

Thank you for the info but I want mine to look really nice that's why I uploaded the original, full size image for him to use.
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11 Nov 2010   #7
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Great Job Arc!
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11 Nov 2010   #8
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Thanks Arc. My friend just asked about it. I'll let him know. And needless to say, useful for me too..
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11 Nov 2010   #9
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

Very nice explanation Arc. Unfortunately I cant rep you.
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