How to Display Build Info, Edition and WinDir Path in the Desktop?

Here is a neat little registry edit for Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems that shows the build information and Windows version on the lower right corner of the desktop as watermark. The famous PaintDesktopVersion registry edit still works in Windows 8 and Windows 10, but there is another way to display the same information, plus the Windows installation directory name.

1. Press WinKey + R, type Regedit.exe and press {ENTER}

2. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

3. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named DisplayVersion

4. Set the value data for DisplayVersion to 1

5. Exit the Registry Editor.

6. Press F5 to refresh the desktop, and it should look like this:

… whereas PaintDesktopVersion value when enabled, displays only the build information and Windows version as below:

Using Command-line

Right-click Start, click Command Prompt (Admin).

Type this command and press ENTER:

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows" /v DisplayVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Logoff and login back.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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