Registry Tweak to Display the Windows 7 (TM) Build 7600
During the Windows 7 Beta program it was useful 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 Windows 7 does not display its badge of honour - 'Build
7600'. This omission prompted me to do a little exploring in the Windows 7 registry, and I came up with a value called PaintDesktopVersion.
A simple registry tweak to change a value from zero (setting disabled) to one (setting enabled)
Do you find the PaintDesktopVersion value in HKCU** or HKLM? Answer: HKCU
Should you add a value, or modify an existing setting? Answer: Modify 0 --> 1
Is PaintDesktopVersion a String Value or a DWORD? Answer: DWORD.
Do you need to Restart, or merely Log Off / On?
Answer: Log Off --> Log On and view: Build 7600 embedded in the desktop,
just above the clock.
Tip: Add this Value, PaintDesktopVersion to Regedit's Favorites menu
Tip: To find the value that controls the build number quickly; launch regedit,
click on the Edit menu, Find, type PaintDesktopVersion.
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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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.
Knowledge of CSDBuildNumber and BuildLabEx is valuable when you
research which patches have been applied to the operating system. In
addition you can apply this principle to the SQL and Exchange areas of the
** 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, Windows 7 will understand
and obey the registry instruction.
Before you make any changes to your registry settings, get into the habit of exporting at least that branch of the registry.
Backup the system state before you try anything radical in the registry.
Research Volume Shadow Copy, and test how it restores a previous version of your registry files.
If your computer has a serious problem, which requires pressing F8 at boot-up, remember to try Last Known Good as your first recovery option.
Seek alternative methods; think laterally. Instead of risking making changes with your registry editor, what else could you do? I urge you to consider configuring a Group Policy rather than
tweaking the registry. Occasionally
Windows 7 may provide a new GUI to configure a setting.
Learn how to perform a remote registry edit with:
Regedit, File Menu, Connect
As you work through my
Windows 7 registry tweaks, make a point of studying each page's 'Key Learning Points'.
Summary of Paint Desktop Version
When you want to display Window 7's build number, call for regedit and
PaintDesktopVersion set its value =1. This is an ideal project of getting to
know the registry. The effect is instantaneous and the chances of
wrecking your system are negligible.
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