[Solved] Evaluation Copy Win 7 Build 7100(5 posts)
Devastation, hello. You cannot get rid of the version number in Windows 7 RC. It is a Release Candidate and they don't want you to forget it.
The display of the Windows version on the desktop is normally controlled by a group policy and/or registry key, but in non-release builds it is on always. For example, I get this in Windows 7 RC on my system:
C:\>reg query "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v PaintDesktopVersion
PaintDesktopVersion REG_DWORD 0x0
A value of 0x0 means "don't paint the version number", but it is still displayed in the RC.
Ha! That's funny, but I'm reasonably certain the build number is not displayed to make you feel "dirty" for using it. :-)
It is primarily a support issue. Microsoft doesn't want to be bogged down with support calls from people who are running a pre-release copy and thinking they have the final version. Forcing the build number to always display allows the support people to immediately see it if they remote into a customer's desktop. Checking for this build number could also be added to a list of troubleshooting steps or "things to do before you call Support".
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