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wcl317 make your client look good customizing windows 7 in the enterprise

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WCL317Make your client look good:Customizing Windows 7 in the Enterprise

Raymond P.L. Comvalius

IT Infrastructure Specialist

Invendows BV – The Netherlands

  • Introduction
  • Enterprise vs OEM customization
  • Basic Branding
  • Windows Help
  • Custom Themes
  • Logon UI and Wallpaper
  • Default User Profile
  • Libraries
  • Other
introducing raymond comvalius
Introducing Raymond Comvalius
  • Consultant, Trainer, and Author
  • Specialties
    • Windows Server and Client
    • Network Services
    • Security
    • Virtualization
    • Blog:
    • Twitter: @xpworld
    • Editor for
enterprise vs oem customization
Enterprise vs OEM Customization

OEM Customization

Enterprise Customizations

Not so well documented

Rather not in the image

Partly documented in the Automated Installation Kit (AIK)

Should be flexible/manageable

For corporate use

  • Well documented in the OEM Pre-Installation Kit (OPK)
  • Image based customization
  • Remains static
  • Home User Customizations
enterprise customization tooling
Enterprise customization tooling
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
    • Force settings (grayed out for users)
  • Group Policy Preferences
    • Define default settings or force at each logon (not grayed out)
    • Copy files
    • Set specific registry settings
    • Fill ini-files
    • Configure Power Management
    • Much more…
    • Advanced filtering options
basic os branding
Basic OS branding
  • Add OEM Information in computer properties
    • Use GPP for registry entries or deploy with unattend.xml
    • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
      • Manufacturer
      • Model
      • SupportHours
      • SupportPhone
      • SupportURL
      • Logo
customizing windows help
Customizing Windows Help
  • Windows Help Authoring
    • Edit content in AML (Assistance Markup Language)
    • Compile help files with apcompnt.exe (x86 only)
  • Enabling custom help
    • Create C:\Windows\Help\HelpConfig.xml
    • Install one of these features:
      • CorporationHelpCustomization
      • OEMHelpCustomization
  • Managing custom Help
    • Replace compiled content
    • Disable and re-enable customization feature
  • What’s in a theme
    • Wallpaper(s)
    • Window Colors and Gradients
    • Sounds
    • Screen Saver
    • Enable/Disable Logon UI Customization
  • Creating a custom theme
  • Deploying a custom theme




default user tile
Default User Tile
  • Shows in Start Menu, Logon UI and Lock Screen
  • Replace C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\user.bmp
  • 128 x 128 pixels
  • Easy to deploy with Group Policy Preferences
logon ui
Logon UI
  • Logon wallpaper
    • Store files in %windir%\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds
    • Per resolution or as backgroundDefault.jpg
    • JPG must be < 256 KB
    • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background\OEMBackground (DWORD) = 1
  • Font contrast
    • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\ButtonSet (DWORD) = [0, 1, 2]
  • How Microsoft supplied Windows 7 themes break logon UI customization



customizing the default user profile
Customizing the Default User Profile
  • How to create a custom default profile
    • Use CopyProfile=True in unattend.xml
    • Edit NTUser.dat
  • Alternatively: Use Group Policy Preferences
  • When roaming: remove link to profile from the Start Menu
  • Store locally or in the Domain
  • More information at
what you cannot configure in the default profile
What you cannot configure in the default profile
  • Pin to Task Bar
  • Notification Area icons
  • Default list of recently used programs in the Start Menu
  • Keyboard, Language and Regional Settings



what you can configure in the default profile
What you can configure in the default profile
  • (Some) user hive registry settings
  • Default Theme
  • Pin to Start Menu
  • Libraries configuration


  • Opportunity to consolidate data for the end-user
  • Limited management from Group Policy
  • Search-enabled by default
    • Local data is automatically indexed. Also when cached
    • Requires Windows Search Service on the W2K8 or W2K8R2 file server
    • Windows Desktop Search 4.0 on Windows Server 2003/XP
    • Non-windows file servers may force you to disable indexing
    • Windows Search is not supported with Distributed File Services (DFS)


there is more to customize
There is more to customize



Internet Explorer





Regional Settings




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