Desktop Info

Last Update: December 2018
Version: 1.11.0
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This forum contains 64 topics and 237 replies, and was last updated by Glenn Glenn 18 hours, 37 minutes ago.

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If you're reporting a bug or asking for help, I need as much information as you can give me. Simply stating a thing doesn't work is no help to me. Please include the following information:

  • Desktop Info version
  • Windows version
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  • The expected output
  • The actual output
  • A code snippet from the ini file of the items in question
  • The Desktop Info log file containing the errors

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  • Hi
    On WindowsXp sp3

    Version 1.8 works fine
    Version 1.9.1 & 1.9.2 error -InetNtopw not found ws2_32.dll


  • Also, another question about the threshold color. I want to change the color to 000099 instead of 0000FF. I’ve entered the color on the applicable lines, but it only seems to work on some. For example:
    DISKIO=active:1,interval:10,style:b,chart:1,threshold:10240,tcolor:000099,display:r:%1[3.1b]B/s\, w:%2[3.1b]B/s\
    works fine, but
    PHYSICALRAM=active:1,interval:5,style:b,chart:1,threshold:75,tcolor:000099,display:%1[3.1b]B / %2[3.1b]B (%3%)
    still shows as 0000FF when the threshold is crossed. Any idea what’s causing this?

  • I have a question about the old OSVERSION versus the new method using a WMI call. In the previous version OSVERSION would just show “Windows 10 Home (64 bit)”, but the new WMI call shows “Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64 bit)”, which causes the end of the line to run off the screen. I know this comes directly from Win32_OperatingSystem, but is there a way to truncate this unneeded part, maybe with something like a user variable?

  • In version 1.7, I used these two line to show the version I’m running:

    TEXT=active:1,interval:0,color:cccccc,style:iw,text:Desktop Info,display:v%dtiver%

    Same two lines in v1.91 do not work. I get n/a for the version. I’ve tried various display options (display:%1) on the first line. What am I missing?

    • You’re right, I broke it 🙁

      I’ll get a new version out in the next day or so. note that the FILE monitor returns 2 values now: %1=file name, %2=version
      I think you can do that with the one item now:
      FILE=active:1, … blah … display:v%2

  • Hello,
    Is it possible to center the text? I can not do it

  • Great program!
    Is there are way to get the current SSID (using WMI, I assume), preferably that will work in v1.7.x, as I’m still reading through all the changes needed for v1.8.x.

    • Good question. However I haven’t found a reliable way of finding that info. if you google long enough you’ll find lots of answers but nothing that works. If you find something, let me know.

  • Is it possible to display either TRUE or FALSE if a registry key exists or not?
    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to figure it out myself yet 🙁

  • Thank you. Best desktopinfo app ever. Not a BGinfo fan in the slightest. Makes my life easier. Thank you…

  • Can I provide a translation in Simplified Chinese?

  • Nice but there is a error with: COMMENT=active:1,interval:0,color:cccccc,style:iw,lid:heading_miscellaneous
    It does not display anything…

    • I set the length limit to 20 characters, silly me. If you shorten the entry in the language file from
      then shorten the entry in desktopinfo.ini to

      so that the lid is the same in both files, it will work.

  • Where do you want comments and bugs?

  • Can I just say Wow! I love it!

    Now, if you can find a way to remove the desktop wallpaper and set the desktop color to any rgb value we choose, that would be cool.

    The issue is that if you want to show information in different colors, you quickly run out of nice colors that are in contrast to the background, and unless you set transparency to about 60, most wallpapers make it hard to see the information also.

  • Hello Glenn,

    I need a help, I want to get a registry value, but the key had a comma, example

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Cisco Systems, Inc.\Communicator\HostName

    I know that comma is used to separe parameters.

    There are some form to solve this?


  • Hi Glenn,

    Just found your App, excellent work, thanks
    Is there a way to display a graphic at the top such as a company logo?

  • Can you explain how you loop through the info for Network Adapters; and indicate if we should be able to add text information for each adapter?

    My goal is to have the IP and Subnet on one line: /
    If I add set:ipaddress and set:subnetmask at the end of the lines, I would expect to be able to write:
    TEXT=active:1,interval:0,color:ffdd99,text:IP / SM,display:%ipaddress%/%subnet%
    but it doesn’t work.

    In fact, no matter what I do with a text= entry, it shows up one time after all of the network adapters. This makes me think you have hard coded the network adapters loop to only accommodate certain fields, text not being included.

    Thanks for your very awesome utility, I spent hours searching for this, I am so happy to have found it!!!!!

  • Great app, thanks.

    Having trouble with displaying some wmi queries, in that it only shows the first value. Could you see if what i am doing is possible and where i am going wrong?

    WMI query to get list of running VMs on Hyper-V host.

    WMI=active:1,interval:30,color:ccffcc,text:Virtual Machine,namespace:root\virtualization\v2,query:Msvm_ComputerSystem where Caption=”Virtual Machine”,property:ElementName


    • You’re not doing anything wrong, Desktop Info will only show a single value specified by ‘property’. Not very useful I know. Never fear, the next release which I am currently testing will show any number of properties for any number of rows returned by a wmi query. Watch this space…

  • I found your app and love it!. I’ve been playing around and can’t seem to get a graph for cpu temp to populate. Box for graph comes up and label is there. Also get a for the numerical temp. I’m sure it’s something simple I’m overlooking. Can you assist? Machines are servers. 1 HP dl380gen6-7, the other a dell c2100. Both running server 2016.

  • My favorite apps! Thanks

  • Hello,
    Thanks for this very nice tool!
    If transparency is set less than 100 (ex: 50), desktop icons under DesktopInfo desktop area cannot be opened or moved any more.
    Transparency setting is a nice feature because it improves DesktopInfo readability by a lot.

    • You’re welcome. Yes, that is how Windows works. Anything less than 100% transparency and you lose the ability to click on what’s underneath.

  • Great app!! Thank you so much for making it so powerful and easy to use!!

  • Great ! I just checked your website for a new version of desktopinfo, and i used it since 2014, nice Work !

  • wow I didn’t know you could do that, nice! As of right now you can’t do formatting like you’re expecting but I’m working on that for the next release. I would expect the chart to work though. I’ll have a look.

  • I just found your program and it’s perfect for what I want! I am trying to add a WMI query for network latency. I got the basics down, but I’m having trouble formatting it. It would be nice to include the address, and units. The graph also doesn’t appear to display anything. Maybe something like this:

    Ping: 13ms (

    Here’s the code:

    # ping test
    WMI=active:1,interval:5,color:ffffff,chart:2,text:Ping,namespace:root\cimv2,query:Win32_PingStatus where Address = ‘’,property:ResponseTime,format:ms

  • Thank you for your application. This application is better and more useful than bginfo.

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