BGInfo is a nice little toy I learned about a couple of months back. It’s freeware available from, a great repository site chocked full of well-detailed freeware.

BGInfo doesn’t take up any resources and it “automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen. ”

try it out.