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    Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desktop

    Some years back there was a Woody's article on how to permanently paste a "Ownership" message onto a Laptop's Desktop which would show your name and contact info in case it was ever lost or stolen
    It would appear during Bootup and remain permanently displayed on the Desktop

    I installed this feature on my Laptop but now as my hard disk failed I've had to start from square one again, I can't remember the procedure to install this important feature

    Does anyone know how to place a few lines of text so that it appears amongst the Desktop's Icons with this sort of message ??

    Awaiting help

    Meanwhile, thanks in advance

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Although there may be others, a simple method is to simply edit the image that you are using for your desktop background (assuming of course that you are using a background image). Edit the image and insert the appropriate text in the appropriate location. This will work fine in the case of a lost laptop, but if it is stolen, I'm sure that any savvy <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15> thief would simply change the desktop background.
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    And to add to John's suggestion, if you don't abhor Active Desktop, you could create a graphic to display on the desktop if you don't want to modify the wallpaper. I guess if it were me, I'd borrow an engraving tool and cut your name and phone number into the bottom of the case, for the honest folk who may happen upon your machine.

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    John

    Thanks for your prompt reply Mate but I don't have any "Background Image" I only have the blank Blue background for my Desktop

    Could you tell me how I should go from there please

    I remember that I created the text in a Text Editor, I can't remember if it was Notepad or Word but I remember I had to reduce its size so that it didn't hog the entire Desktop backfround

    Awaiting your further guidance

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Thanks for your prompt reply Mate

    I have a question for you too !1

    What is Active Desktop ?

    Now that I've exceeded 75 yrs, I'm no so up with all the Software features #@$%^&*(

    Could you please educate me a little on this one

    Also see my further questions to John's suggestions

    Meanwhile

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    This isn't the same thing, but the BIOS on many computers can be programmed with a graphic that pops up on boot. Your average goblin that snatches your laptop is not likely to know how to remove that.

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    This may not be the same either, but I recall instructions on how to change the "computer's name" and/or manufacturer's name and logo, and the Windows startup logo.
    However, I don't remember where I saw them. I probably have them saved at home somewhere and I'll look for them tonight (if I remember <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> ).

    In the meantime, maybe someone else remembers and can provide a link.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    What operating system?

    For NT/W2K, I believe it was simply a matter of changing the winnt256.bmp image (found in c:winnt) to whatever you want as your boot-up logo.

    For XP, try Manually changing the XP boot logo from iamnotageek.com

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    If you want to change the message when a user has to log on, see Change the Message Shown on the Logon Box

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    You could simply create a blank blue .bmp file (same size as your current desktop - eg. 1024 X 768), insert the appropriate text, save it as "Blank Background.bpm" and then select this as your background image.
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    This is a selected portion (with a few ad-ins) of the email you probably were refering to:
    For this hack to work, you can not use the WinXP Welcome Screen: you have to revert to the old logon screen, which forces you to type a user name and password. To disable the Welcome Screen, click Start | Settings | Control Panel | User Accounts | Change the way users log on or off, and make sure Use the Welcome Screen is not checked.
    Make a simple BMP file (I used Paint) that includes your name and address, and any other message you want to appear on the logon screen. Windows Paint (Start | Programs | Accessories | Paint) works fine. Save the file someplace that's convenient. (I put in the root of "C")
    Use Regedit (Start | Run then type regedit and hit Enter) to modify three Registry settings:

    HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktopWallpaper should point to the location of the BMP file
    HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktopTileWallpaper should be set to 1
    HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktopPattern should be blank or (None)

    That's all it takes. Whenever you start Windows, or log off of your machine, the custom BMP file with your contact information will appear underneath (behind) Windows' logon screen.
    The Achilles Heel with this approach for Windows XP users lies in disabling the Welcome Screen. Many of you like the Welcome Screen, particularly because it doesn't require you to type in a valid username. (TweakUI allows you to do this easily) Also, if you disable the Welcome Screen, you lose Fast User Switching. For many of you, that's too big a price to pay. You'd like to brand your portable, but not if it involves dumping the Welcome Screen.

    There's a free program called LogonStudio from Stardock that makes it very, very easy to create your own Windows XP Welcome Screen. You start with the Welcome Screen that WinXP users have come to know and love - the one that says "To begin, click your user name" on the left and "After you log on you can add or change accounts/Just go to Control Panel and change User Accounts" at the bottom.
    Have fun.

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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Sinjin

    Thanks for your detailed response, much appreciated Mate !!

    As yet I've not had the chance to attempt your procedure but I will do so in the next few days

    Once again thanks for your help and time

    Cheers n Beers
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Jim

    My Laptop's BIOS doesn't have this fancy feature Mate $#%^&*(

    It's Gateway Solo 3300

    Anyway thank you very much for your time and suggestion

    Much appreciated

    Cheers n Beers
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Ken

    Thanks for your time and your thoughts Mate

    I have a few leads now and I think I'll be able to find a way to get the message on-board

    Thanks agin

    Cheers n Beers
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    Re: Pasting a Ownership Message on a Laptop's Desk

    Leif

    Thanks for both your suggstion postings

    I've not decided how to go about this task yet

    You can probably see there's a coupla suggestions which could do the job

    I'll get around to doing something shortly but many other things are keeping me busy otherwise #$%^&*

    Thanks again for your time and thoughts

    Cheers n Beers
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