Displaying Windows version on workstation desktops PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Wray   
Monday, 23 March 2009 08:59

In an environment like the one I work in, you sometimes have multiple versions of Windows operating systems in the same building. Sometimes, if your updates go haywire, you'll even have different service pack levels of the same version of Windows in the same facility. A quick way to remedy this is to use this great registry setting to display the Windows version information on the lower right corner of the desktop, just above the clock.

Just follow these simple instructions:

1. Click "Run" on the start menu.

2. Enter "regedit" and click OK.

3. Click "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" on the left pane of the window.

4. Click "Control Panel" under that, and "Desktop" under that.

5. Find "PaintDesktopVersion" in the right pane. Double click it. If you can't find it, proceed to step 7.

6.  In the window that pops up, change the "Value data" from 0 to 1.

7. If "PaintDesktopVersion" is not there, you can right-click the open space in the right pane, select "new", and then "DWORD (32-bit value)" under that.

8. Name your new DWORD "PaintDesktopVersion", then follow steps 5 and 6 above.

When you log out and back in, you should see your Windows version information just above the clock on the Desktop.