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Have you ever had to look up your system information (such as your processor speed, memory, hard drive space, etc.?) If you know anything about that, it always seems to take so much time! Well, today I have a free download that will put all of that vital information right on your desktop for you. And you know what that means. Yep, you don’t have to go digging around for it anymore!

The program is called BgInfo and it is probably my favorite time saving utility. After you’re finished with it, you will have all of your computer information built right into your desktop background. It will look something like this:

To get BgInfo, just visit this Web site. Once you get there, you will see a page that looks like this:

Scroll down to the bottom of that page and you will see the Download link:

Click that and BgInfo will download right to your desktop:

After downloading the .zip file to your desktop, open it up and Copy the “bginfo.exe” file:

Next, double click your My Computer icon and open your C: drive:

Then you just need to Paste the file onto your C: drive:

Now, the program is completely installed. You can double click the “bginfo.exe” file and it will put your computer information right on your desktop. For some of you, this will be all you need to do, but if you want that information to show up every time you start your computer, you’ll need to follow the next steps.

First, you will need to make a shortcut to “bginfo.exe.” To do that, right click the “bginfo.exe” file and choose Create Shortcut, like this:

That will create a file called “Shortcut to bginfo.exe.” Next, right click on that file and choose Properties:

In the Properties window, find the field called “target.” In that box, type exactly what you see, which will be something like: “C:\Bginfo.exe /timer:0.” (Note: There is a space between “Bginfo.exe” and the “/.”

Next, click OK and then right click on “Shortcut to Bginfo.exe.” Then choose Cut.

After cutting the shortcut, navigate to your startup folder. The easiest way to get there is to go to Start, All Programs, Startup. Once you’re there, right click on Startup and choose Open:

The Startup folder will then open. The last step is to Paste the shortcut you cut earlier into the Startup folder:

Now, close out all the folders and restart your computer. Your system information will then be listed on your computer screen.

If you want to change the look, color or position of the information, you can do so by going back to your C: drive and double clicking on the “bginfo.exe” file. That will open the Properties area. Note: Make sure you click the button on the top right that says Time Remaining or the program will close down in 15 seconds.

Again, you can download BgInfo for yourself right here. I hope you can get some good use out of it. Enjoy!

~ Gary