Windows 8 Registry PaintDesktopVersion
PaintDesktopVersion =1 did not seem to have any the same effect on Windows 8 Developer Preview version machines as it did in Windows 7; however in the Consumer Preview version it worked perfectly. See screenshot.
Windows 8 Paint Desktop Version Topics
Tip: Add PaintDesktopVersion to regedit's Favourites (menu).
Note: The DWORD PaintDesktopVersion is also found in Windows 7, Vista; perhaps it's most useful in Windows Server.
Note: There is no need to create this DWORD, as it's already there. Check you now see: PaintDesktopVersion = 1
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Summary of Windows 8 Paint Desktop Version
In Windows 7 when you wanted to display the build number, you could call for regedit and set the value of PaintDesktopVersion =1. However, this does not seem to work in the same way in the Windows 8 Developer Preview version.
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Microsoft Windows 8 Registry Topics