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Registry Used To Print Vista Version On Desktop

This is just another little Vista trick and involves a bit of Windows Registry editing work. Execute this trick will not bring much benefit to the Vista system, except for just showing the Windows Vista version (precisely, the Vista built number) on the Desktop, automatically.

Yes, whenever the Vista build number changed, it’ll be automatically updated on Vista Desktop, at the bottom-right corner.
Since this little option is available, I think it worth to know (just in case, you might need this feature later).

Windows Registry used to automatically print Vista version or build number on Desktop.

The Vista Build Number printed on Desktop has automatically changed from Windows Vista Build 6000 to Windows Vista Build 6001, after installing Vista SP1 successfully.

How to automatically show Windows Vista version or build number on Desktop?

Using Command Line Registry Console Tool (Reg.exe)

Copy this Vista command line, paste it to the Command Prompt window and press ENTER key.
reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v PaintDesktopVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

You don’t have to open an elevated Command Prompt window (means that this Registry key can be added to non-Administrator account’s Desktop too).

However, I recommend you to enable the Command Prompt copy and paste feature for this operation.

To disable the auto-printing of Vista Build Number on Desktop, just delete the PaintDesktopVersion Registry Value, i.e. execute this Reg.exe command line for deletion:
reg delete "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v PaintDesktopVersion /f

Using Windows Registry Editor (Regedit.exe)

Click the Vista Orb (Vista Start button), type regedit in the Start Search textbox and click the Regedit.exe link shown in Programs list.

Then, browse to this Registry key path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop

While at the Desktop Registry key, looks for the PaintDesktopVersion and set its value to become 1.

If the PaintDesktopVersion Registry is not exists, create a 32-bit DWORD Value as PaintDesktopVersion and set its value to 1.

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