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Question on using BgInfo to place IP address in the screen every time computer starts

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We've trying to configure BgInfo to display the IP address on the screen that first appear when the computer starts and also at the user re-logs at the computer.   We successfully been able to make it appear on the user's re-log but not too clean.

Questions:
How to make the apps itself BgInfo not be displayed when the user logs on.
(according to the instruction is to place the apps in the startup, but it always opens up besides display the IP to the current desktop image)

How to make the computer at it's initial startup, the BgInfo IP info

We are running different configurations on the BgInfo to try get what we want.  If any EE has a link that would help, please tell us where to look for within the link (Thanx!).

What we want is 2 things:
  • When the computer start and display for the first time the user-logon, to display the IP in the current image that is been using to display previously.
  • When user logs out and is ready to login again, to display the IP in the current image.
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We ran thru the link with no success as all other links we have tried.

First,
as the question states, we want to 'When the computer start and display for the first time the user-logon, to display the IP in the current image that is been using to display previously.'. That said, your link instructs to the target to be 'c:\users\administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu'.  Would that work when the computer starts and no user has logged on yet?

Second,
We can't find normal.bgi.  Where is this created or should we created it?

Thirdly,
The instruction where we 'edit the properties of the shortcut' to  'c:\utils\Bginfo.exe c:\utils\normal.bgi' doesn't work.

Finally,
Also, the adding of parameters (/timer:0, etc.) doesn't work
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Hi

1. BGinfo won't display if no user has logged on. It is a wallpaper.

2. Normal.bgi will be created. Manually run the program, make the modifications you want and then save as Normal.bgi.

3. You need to save the .exe and the .bgi file to a c:\utils folder.

4. As above.
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Thanx for the info 'BGinfo won't display if no user has logged on'.

(that was the main reason for the question.... the reason is becuase certain PC and VMs we need to know the IP prior logging in... for example we have a computer that is turned on every morning.  We would like to have in the background the IP so we can log in remotely without login in locally to know the IP.... yes, we can have the IP set fixed, but the problem is that the computer runs in various WiFi within the location, thus different address).

Also thanx for the "Save As", that was missing, we created the the bgi, but when doing the 'c:\utils\Bginfo.exe c:\utils\normal.bgi', we still get the error:

Problem with Shortcut
The name 'C:\Program' specified in the Target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct.
[OK]
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You need to edit your shortcut and find where it says 'C:\Program' and change that to the appropriate path e.g. c:\utils
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by:rayluvs
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Thanx, worked (strange why in Program Files didn't).

Ok, going back to the question.  We already know how to change the actual startup image when the computer is turned on for the first time; the screen that is displayed prior any user-login.  That said, we thought there may be a tool that can access that image and place the IP address there (like BGinfo does).

BGinfo does not edit the startup background image the computer restart?

Is there a tool, or regedit steps that can do this?
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Since we are running bginfo from startup, it will not update the IP address unless someone logs in and there would not be any benefit to displaying the bginfo bitmap as it would have the IP from the previous restart.
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we would find great benefit becuase we can log in remotely to that PC without the need a user first logged.

We read somewhere it can be done but haven't found it.

Note:
If one can replace the first Windows Logon picture after a restart, maybe one can also edit it with similar like bginfo.
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Though not resolved, it's ok to proceed to close & award.
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Answered the questions regarding bginfo.
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