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Show Windows Version on Desktop (All Windows) Popular

Early versions of Windows showed the version number on the desktop, this feature was removed in the released version. This tweak can be used to enable the feature and allow you to quickly locate which version of Windows is running.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD (or String on Windows 98 and Me) value, or modify the existing value called 'PaintDesktopVersion' set the value to equal '1' to display the version.

Exit the registry, you may need to restart for the change to take effect.

Note: The Windows version may be hidden behind the taskbar when you have Active Desktop enabled. If this is the case disable Active Desktop to view the label.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|PaintDesktopVersionREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
Value Name: PaintDesktopVersion
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable, 1 = enable)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: September 21, 2002