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How To Print Windows Version On Desktop?

For those who would like to display Windows version number on Desktop, there is a Registry key to do this.

As shown in this screenshot, I’ve the Windows 7 print its build number (7601 indicates service pack 1) at bottom-right corner (where the date/time normally shown):

Tweak Registry to print Windows version and build number/service pack level on Desktop.
This trick requires change in Windows Registry. If you’re not comfortable, please don’t bother to try.

Open an elevated Command Prompt window to run reg.exe as this:
reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v PaintDesktopVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

By setting PaintDesktopVersion value to 1, you should see the effect on Desktop after log off Windows and log on again.

To disable or reverse the setting, just change the Registry key value from 1 to 0, i.e.:
reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v PaintDesktopVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Of course, it’s perfectly fine to make change using Windows Registry Editor (regedit.exe). The reg.exe is useful when there is need to edit Registry from Command Prompt, Windows scripts or batch file.

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