Bginfo can show different information about the system you're logged in. Those informations shows on the desktop/server you're logged in. People usually asks how to setup Bginfo on startup for all users and I'll show you how.
If you're admin or IT professional or enthusiast you probably know already this free software which is not new, but rather old. However the value it brings is very good over the years.
Today I'll show you how to setup Bginfo and some tweaks which help to get the most of it.
The setup is pretty simple but you'll need notepad and do some copy paste from this post. It'll take you 5 min at most…. -:)
How to setup BgInfo on Startup for All users
First, you'll need to get
Then you'll have to create a *.bgi file (this is the file which contains all the fields you want displayed, see below for the offset)
You simply place the unzipped Bginfo.exe to c:bginfo folder for example and from File menu do a Save As to save the *.bgi file there.
Then you can create a simple batch file, which will launch that *.bgi file on logon. I'll show you in a minute where to place this file. Here is the content of the batch:
CALL “C:Filesbginfo.exe” “C:FilesYOUR.bgi” /timer:0 /nolicprompt
Note: To create a batch file simply create new text document in Notepad, place the above text there and save it to c:Bginfo. Then rename the file.txt to file.bat
Place all the files in a simple folder like c:Bginfo
Files Needed there are:
- settings.bgi (the personalized config)
- file.bat (your script)
Modify to bat file to match your structure and naming convention.
You're almost done.
Copy the file.bat to:
c:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup
That's the location for startup programs for all users. That's all.
BGinfo in Domain environment via GPO
Bginfo when used in domain environment, it's certainly usefull to configure a GPO whcih calls the BAT script when user logs on. Simply create a GPO or modify some existing GPO if you like. The level where you need to configure that is:
User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff) and then double-click on Logon and browse via network to the batch file. You'll need to previously setup a network share and permissions. The share level permissions on fs01 are Everyone Full Control and the file level permissions are everyone Read & Execute.
Example of config:
fs01shareAbginfo.exe fs01shareAsettings.bgi /accepteula /silent /timer 0
I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and Bginfo too.