Downloads:

128,794

Downloads of v 4.28:

10,630

Last Update:

9/23/2019

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Bryce Cogswell

Tags:

sysinternals desktop background diag machine configuration

BGInfo

4.28 | Updated: 9/23/2019

Downloads:

128,794

Downloads of v 4.28:

10,630

Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Bryce Cogswell

BGInfo 4.28

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Details

To install BGInfo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

>

To upgrade BGInfo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

>

To uninstall BGInfo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

>

NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to https://chocolatey.org/api/v2. Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to https://chocolatey.org/api/v2)

4. Choose your deployment method:


choco upgrade bginfo -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:


choco upgrade bginfo -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" 
$exitCode = $LASTEXITCODE

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0
}

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure bginfo installed
  win_chocolatey:
    name: bginfo
    state: present
    version: 4.28
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

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chocolatey_package 'bginfo' do
  action    :install
  version  '4.28'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'
end

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.


Chocolatey::Ensure-Package
(
    Name: bginfo,
    Version: 4.28,
    Source: STEP 3 URL
);

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at https://inedo.com/den/otter/chocolatey.


cChocoPackageInstaller bginfo
{
   Name     = 'bginfo'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '4.28'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'
}

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.


package { 'bginfo':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '4.28',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',
}

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.


salt '*' chocolatey.install bginfo version="4.28" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at https://docs.saltstack.com/en/latest/ref/modules/all/salt.modules.chocolatey.html.

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 9/23/2019.

Description

BgInfo is a fully-configurable program to automatically generate desktop backgrounds that include important information about the system including IP addresses, computer name, network adapters, and more.

How many times have you walked up to a system in your office and needed to click through several diagnostic windows to remind yourself of important aspects of its configuration, such as its name, IP address, or operating system version? If you manage multiple computers you probably need BGInfo. 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.

Command line usage

When you run BGInfo it shows you the appearance and content of its default desktop background. If left untouched it will automatically apply these settings and exit after its 10 second count-down timer expires.

Selecting any button or menu item will disable the timer, allowing you to customize the layout and content of the background information.

If you want BGInfo to edit or use a configuration stored in a file (instead of the default configuration which is stored in the registry) specify the name of the file on the command line: BGInfo MyConfig.bgi

<path> Specifies the name of a configuration file to use for the current session. Changes to the configuration are automatically saved back to the file when OK or Apply is pressed. If this parameter is not present BGInfo uses the default configuration information which is stored in the registry under the current user (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Winternals\BGInfo).

/timer Specifies the timeout value for the countdown timer, in seconds. Specifying zero will update the display without displaying the configuration dialog. Specifying 300 seconds or longer disables the timer altogether.

/popup Causes BGInfo to create a popup window containing the configured information without updating the desktop. The information is formatted exactly as it would if displayed on the desktop, but resides in a fitted window instead. When using this option the history database is not updated.

/silent Suppresses error messages.

/taskbar Causes BGInfo to place an icon in the taskbar's status area without updating the desktop. Clicking the icon causes the configured information to appear in a popup window. When using this option the history database is not updated.

/all Specifies that BGInfo should change the wallpaper for any and all users currently logged in to the system. This option is useful within a Terminal Services environment, or when BGInfo is scheduled to run periodically on a system used by more than one person (see Using a Schedule below).

/log Causes BGInfo to write errors to the specified log file instead of generating a warning dialog box. This is useful for tracking down errors that occur when BGInfo is run under the scheduler.

/rtf Causes BGInfo to write its output text to an RTF file. All formatting information and colors are included.


Tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';

$packageName = 'BGInfo'
$toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$url        = 'https://download.sysinternals.com/files/BGInfo.zip'
$url64      = 'https://download.sysinternals.com/files/BGInfo.zip'

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $packageName
  unzipLocation = $toolsDir
  url           = $url
  url64bit      = $url64

  checksum      = '7e15fdef35a0b39583f6f7f0373f99ed5a53b7464388753549634e8015f9a733'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'
  checksum64    = '7e15fdef35a0b39583f6f7f0373f99ed5a53b7464388753549634e8015f9a733'
  checksumType64= 'sha256'
}

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

Write-Verbose "Accepting license..."
$regRoot = 'HKCU:\Software\Sysinternals'
$regPkg = 'BgInfo'
$regPath = Join-Path $regRoot $regPkg
if (!(Test-Path $regRoot)) {New-Item -Path "$regRoot"}
if (!(Test-Path $regPath)) {New-Item -Path "$regRoot" -Name "$regPkg"}
Set-ItemProperty -Path "$regPath" -Name EulaAccepted -Value 1
if ((Get-ItemProperty -Path "$regPath").EulaAccepted -ne 1) {
  throw "Failed setting registry value."
}

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Version Downloads Last Updated Status
BgInfo 4.27 16925 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Approved
BgInfo 4.26 29949 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Approved
BgInfo 4.25 12132 Monday, January 22, 2018 Approved
BgInfo 4.24 9195 Sunday, December 31, 2017 Approved
BgInfo 4.23 2683 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Approved
BgInfo 4.22.20170630 20272 Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Approved
BgInfo 4.22.20170623 1158 Friday, June 23, 2017 Approved
BgInfo 4.22 11170 Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Approved
BgInfo 4.21.0.20160210 7501 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Approved

Program

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This package has no dependencies.

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