Display windows version on the desktop

Display the Windows version on your desktop

You cannot decide what text you want to appear; it's predefined, based on the version of Windows you are running. For example, the text for Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 will be along the lines of:

1) Click the Start button, click Run, type regedit and click OK

2) On the left-hand side, navigate to (and highlight)

   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

3) On the right-hand side, locate PaintDesktopVersion and double-click it

4) In the pop-up window, change the data to 1 and click OK


0 = Hide Windows version from desktop
1 = Show Windows version on desktop

5) Close the Windows Registry Editor as well as your other programs and reboot (or log off and log back in).


  • blog/display_windows_version_on_the_desktop.txt
  • Last modified: 2011/01/07 18:45
  • by brb