How to show Windows 10 version and build number on your desktop, also works with Anniversary Update Build 1607
During the Windows Insider Preview period, essentially was public beta test of Windows 10, Microsoft wisely chose to show the version of Windows and the Build Number on the desktop. Helped us keep things straight. Kind of like a lite version of the sysadmin's beloved BgInfo.
But once Build 10240 was released, the "GA" or release version of Windows 10, they took that nifty version display feature away.
You can get it back again! The very short video and written procedure below show you exactly how, with the change taking effect immediately. That's right, no log off required.
I really like this tweak for my VMs and home lab, especially handy when a system or VM hasn't been used in a while. Now I know at a glance what I'm looking at, before Windows Update has had a chance to catch up.
Editing the registry carries some danger, and requires administrative rights. This is done at your own risk. Only proceed with this if you're comfortable with backing up and restoring your registry keys, if needed, as explained by Microsoft here.
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User Account Controlasks you
Expand the sections below
Computerto navigate your way to
Making sure you've selected
Desktopin the left pane, next, look for
PaintDesktopVersionin the right-hand pane of alphabetical entries
Scroll down the list, and left-click
Windows Exploreronce to select it
- Press the 'Restart' button
That's it, you should now see the Windows version painted on your lovely Windows 10 desktop, from here forward. Enjoy!
The upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update seems to remove the version number showing on the desktop. Great news, the above article still works just great! See also:
- Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image [ISO File] for your clean PC and VM installs
AUG 03 2016
First, a screenshot of how the bottom right corner of your desktop looks before the upgrade.
Windows 10 Pro
Next, a look at the desktop after the successful upgrade, and the above registry entry reset to 1:
Windows 10 Pro