Vista Registry Tweak - PaintDesktopVersion
Registry Tweak to Display the Windows Vista (TM) Build 6000
During the Vista Beta program it was important to display the correct Build number, that way you could see which version you were testing. Many 'techies' were disappointed because the final production version of Vista did not display its badge of honour - 'Build 6000', or 6001 after apply SP1. This omission prompted me to do a little exploring in the Vista registry, and I came up with a value called PaintDesktopVersion.
Topics for PaintDesktopVersion
This trivial registry hack may spur you to research the family of build
numbers. What you find is that registry stores data about the version
and build numbers here:
Creating a .Reg File
This page explains how to create, and then edit .reg files for your computer. As it's easy to import the contents of a .reg file into the registry, do take extra care with procedures. Example Build Number PaintDesktopVersion .reg file.
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By rights I should remove this section because it just does not work in Vista. The reason that I am leaving it here, is as an example of a registry settings that works in XP, but not in Vista. I thank RBL for alerting me to this difference in behavior.
As far as I can see the Aero Graphics by-passes the MenuShowDelay setting. To tell the whole story, MenuShowDelay works in Vista, but only if you Personalize the Theme, and change the appearance from Windows Vista to say, Windows Classic. However, in my opinion, disabling the Aero graphics would be a sacrilege.
While you are at **HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop, have some fun with a cheeky little registry entry called MenuShowDelay. When you click on the Start menu or the 'All Programs' and select an item with an arrow, there is a fractional delay before the submenu pops out. The default delay is 400 milliseconds, before the submenu appears. Here is where you could have some fun:
Set the value for MenuShowDelay to 50, and claim to impressionable friends that you have a faster edition of XP called: 'XP SuperDo'.
Alternatively, you could set the value to 4000 and con non-technical managers that you need a faster machine! Show them how slowly the Vista menus open.
Instructions for MenuShowDelay
Key Learning Points
** HKLM is an abbreviation of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and HKCU is shorthand for HKEY_CURRENT_USER. These acronyms are so well-known that you can even use them in .reg files, Vista will understand and obey the registry instruction.
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