Some Windows machines can be configured with a desktop background that will query the local system for its hardware configuration, OS, configuration, statistics, etc.

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What program do you need to install to acquire this type of desktop background?

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That appears to be SysInternals' BGInfo.

It's a stand-alone executable that you place in your StartUp directory. You can create a Windows scheduled task to refresh it at an interval you choose.

BGInfo basically writes a new desktop bitmap image every time it is executed.

You can pick and choose the data presented, its fonts, colors, etc.

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Rainmeter is popular once you've skinned it to show system data.

  • Wow, thanks for the info about rainmeter! very cool!
    – Richie086
    Oct 11, 2012 at 21:45

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