Stupid Tricks: How to Display the Windows Version on the Desktop

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Tips and Tricks, Windows, Windows 7

Have you ever noticed during all the beta releases of Windows, there’s always a Windows version on the desktop in the lower right-hand corner? Here’s how that “feature” is enabled or disabled.

Obviously this isn’t terribly useful, which is exactly what makes it a Stupid Geek Trick. Either way, it’s a good learning experience to better understand how your OS works.

Adding the Windows Version to the Desktop

The trick is really simple, you just have to edit a key in the registry and you are done. Let’s start by opening the “Start Menu”, type “regedit” then hit Enter.

When the Registry window open, from the left pane, navigate to this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Make sure you select “Desktop” and not the subfolders in it, then on the right-hand side, search for “PaintDesktopVersion” and double-click it.

A dialog will pop-up, change the “Value Data” field to 1.

Now restart and you’ll see your Windows version printed on the desktop. It’s pointless but interesting.

If you want to remove the watermark, just change the “Value Data” field back to 0 for disabled.

  1. Sir Zig says:

    Not as silly as you think. Very handy information, especially when you’re surfing the web for help on a particular version of Win 7. Thanks…

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