I have discovered a new hidden trick in Windows 8 which allows you to display the Windows 8 edition, build information and Windows folder right on your desktop, at a glance without opening System Properties.
In previous versions of Windows, starting with Windows 95, one could add the PaintDesktopVersion DWORD value at the following registry key:
In case you never heard about it until now, the following image shows what the old value does:
Windows 8 introduces yet another value, which overrides the PaintDesktopVersion value. It additionally displays your Windows installation directory below your Windows edition and build version.
This new DWORD value DisplayVersion is located at
When it is set to 1, your Desktop will show the following information in the bottom right corner:
For most users, the Windows directory shown will be C:\Windows.
I have no idea why Microsoft added another value, I guess they use it for debugging purposes.
You can download ready-to-use registry files from here: