Alienware Customization - Wallpapers, OEM Info, Start Menu

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  1. Spartan@HIDevolution

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    Alienware Wallpapers

    Don't forget to unblock the ZIP file before unzipping it otherwise all the extracted files will have a BLOCKED status since this is a file you downloaded from the internet and Windows puts a BLOCKED status on any downloaded file. For how to do this, see:
    "Are you sure you want to run this file?" [Yes or No]

    Alienware Wallpapers.png

    Ultra Wide Wallpapers sample.png


    Alienware OEM Info

    1) Unblock the ZIP file as shown below then extract it.

    2) Go to the Alienware OEM Info folder, then right click on OEMINFO.reg and choose Edit

    3) Replace the SupportURL address with the one for your laptop's drive page, to find it, visit the Dell Support Page, then enter your laptop's service tag then click the right green arrow. Make sure you are in the "Drivers & Downloads" tab on that page, now copy/paste that URL to replace the SupportURL field in the REG file.

    4) For the "Model" field, replace it with your laptop's model (ie. Alienware m15 R2) and put your service tag in the parantheses to replace the word Service Tag.

    5) You can also change the "SupportPhone" field to match the one for Dell's contact number in your country.

    6) Save the changes and exit

    7) Copy/Paste the SystemLogo.bmp to the following folder (you will not find the OEM folder so manually create it)

    Code:
    C:\windows\system32\oobe\oem\
    8) Double click on the OEMINFO.reg file.

    Your System Properties page will now look like this giving you quick access to your service tag should you ever need it and also clicking on the Online Support link in the properties page will take you directly to your laptop's drivers page.

    Alienware System Properties.png

    Don't forget to unblock the ZIP file before unzipping it otherwise all the extracted files will have a BLOCKED status since this is a file you downloaded from the internet and Windows puts a BLOCKED status on any downloaded file. For how to do this, see:
    "Are you sure you want to run this file?" [Yes or No]


    Alienware Start Menu

    1) Download Open-Shell

    2) Install Open-Shell but during the setup, click on Classic Explorer and Classic IE and set them to unavailable, we only need the Start Menu and Update component.

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    3) Download the Open-Shell Alienware Skin files then copy/paste them in:

    Code:
    C:\Program Files\Open-Shell\Skins
    4) Download the Alienware Orbs then copy/paste the entire folder and place it in:

    Code:
    C:\Program Files\Open-Shell\
    5) Download the Menu Settings file

    6) Click on the Start button, if this was the first time you are launching it, then you will get the Settings page, if not, then simply go to Start > All Programs > Open-Shell > Open-Shell Menu Settings

    7) To the left of the OK button where it says Backup, click the arrow next to it and choose Load from XML file then choose on of the menu settings pre-configured XML files you downloaded and open it to import the settings.

    8) Go back to the Open-Shell settings page and under the Start Menu Style Menu, click on Replace Start Button, then choose Custom > Pick Image and navigate to

    Code:
    C:\Program Files\Open-Shell\Alienware Orbs
    Now choose whichever Alienware Start Menu button you prefer.

    9) In the Open-Shell Settings, play around with different settings like both columns dark or the default to see what you like more. Also play around with the Opacity levels:

    Open shell Settings 2.png

    Don't forget to unblock the ZIP file before unzipping it otherwise all the extracted files will have a BLOCKED status since this is a file you downloaded from the internet and Windows puts a BLOCKED status on any downloaded file. For how to do this, see:
    "Are you sure you want to run this file?" [Yes or No]

    [​IMG]

    2.png


    Alienware User Account Icons

    Alienware Drive Icons

    Alienware Drive Icons.png


    Guide: How to set Alien FX Lights according to the app you launch
     
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    Dude thank you!
     
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    Awesome @Spartan Your documenting and sharing your skills ! and all it took was a world wide Pandemic :)
     
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    Great post brother! Can the start menu icons etc. be integrated into the standard Windows 10 standard start menu or would I need to install a Win 7 type start menu?
     
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    Nope, you need Open-Shell.
    I have a new Start Menu style coming soon. It's a mix of black and silver but with an Alienware stamp on the bottom right.
     
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    All I need is open shell and that'll work fine with Win 10 menu? Or does that create a similar start menu to the screenshot you provided?
     
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    No that will change the start menu, Open-Shell is not a simple Start Menu Orb changer, it's a different Start Menu altogether but has the option to change the button.
    But you can only change the Start Menu settings, then in the Open-Shell settings make it open the default Start Menu like this:

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    Ah ok thank you.
     
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    Alienware Drive Icons have been added in post 4
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2020
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