get your StuffBak with Windows Vista

posted in Guides on February 22nd, 2007

Approximately two years ago, I wrote an in-depth review about a service called StuffBak. This service helps you retrieve lost items by means of a tag attached to your device, keycord or whatever you deem worthy of protection.

The StuffBak tags are the first thing I attach to devices that are irreplaceable and sometimes, I even create sets, so for example if you’d find my laptop bag, you’d be eligible for $100 worth in tags as well as another $600 in finder’s fee. It it works, ultimately, I can’t tell you, but at least I’ve taken steps to give people a chance to do the right thing.

When I first installed Windows XP, I created a boot screen that would contain my personal information, so if you’d find my laptop, you could use the information provided on screen to get in touch with me.

With Windows Vista, I wanted to do the same thing and as luck would have it, I came across a tutorial that explains how to create a boot screen.

Many people will go for something like a female with little clothing or an image depicting the superiority of one operating system above another, I went for something that made a lot more sense to me:

StuffBak: Bootlogo

I tried to recreate the tag that is attached to the back of my laptop as closely as possible (and no, I don’t have eight zeros as my number) and I think it will do the job.

In my gallery, you’ll find both a preview image as well as the actual PSD file (works in Photoshop CS, CS2) that I used to create the image.

Follow the tutorial and you should be good to go. It’s very straightforward and you shouldn’t encounter any problems, if you do, head on over to my gallery and download a backup of winload.exe.mui (Windows Vista RTM, Home Premium, not sure if that matters though)

As always, all stuff provided here is free of charge and comes with no support at all. If you screw up, too bad for you.

4 Responses to 'get your StuffBak with Windows Vista'

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  1. Jan said, on February 22nd, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    How does the stuffbak compare to or i am using a nokia n70 cellphone and thinking should i get a label or the anti-theft software and which is more effective.


  2. Kay said, on February 22nd, 2007 at 3:54 pm


    so far I’ve only used StuffBak and Inspice labels / tags, the only software I tried was on a Symbian based smartphone and it never came down to a situation where I’d actually have to use it.

    With laptops I’d suggest going for software that is embedded in the BIOS, because otherwise a thief could just swap harddisks and they’d have a functional system (provided, they can bypass the BIOS password too).

    The reason why I choose StuffBak over other companies was mainly their design and durability. Labels I’ve attached nearly two years ago still look as clean as on day one, even though the devices they are attached to have taken a beating.

    The colors make StuffBak labels stand out. Their website is easy to use and it just works.

    I think, in the end, it all comes down to a personal preference though.

  3. James said, on February 23rd, 2007 at 12:20 am

    What you are saying is a good idea, I like it. That said, I’d recommend using Trackitback ( They offer free returns and that in itself is good for me. Also, their customer service has been excellent (to date).

  4. Kay said, on February 23rd, 2007 at 12:24 am

    The downside with TrackItBack, for many people, will be that they don’t service all of Europe (yet).

    Once they do, I’m sure more people will join their service and if they ever add the Netherlands, I’d be more than happy to evaluate their service myself.

    For now, though, it’s StuffBak for me.