How to use vbscripts in BGINFO

Out of the box BGINFO includes a number of predefined fields that can be used to display information on the desktop such as Computer name, IP Address etc. But if the standard fields aren’t enough,BGINFO allows creating custom fields that can pull data from various sources like WMI, Registry, File content, Environment variables or VBScript.

The below example shows how to embed VBSCRIPT code output in BGINFO. First we create a VBSCRIPT file called comp.vbs that has the following content. (Credit for the script goes to Moral Volcano)

winmgt = "winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!//"
Set oWMI_Qeury_Result = GetObject(winmgt).InstancesOf("Win32_ComputerSystem")

For Each oItem In oWMI_Qeury_Result
Set oComputer = oItem

If IsNull(oComputer.Model) Then
  sComputerModel = "*no-name* model"
  If LCase(oComputer.Model) = "system product name" Then
    sComputerModel =  "Custom-built PC"
    sComputerModel =  oComputer.Model
  End If
End If

If IsNull(oComputer.Manufacturer) Then
  sComputerManufacturer = "*no-name* manufacturer"
  If LCase(oComputer.Manufacturer) = "system manufacturer" Then
    sComputerManufacturer =  "some assembler"
    sComputerManufacturer =  oComputer.Manufacturer
  End If
End If

sComputer = Trim(sComputerModel) & " by " & Trim(sComputerManufacturer)
Echo sComputer

If you were to launch this script, you will get an error message saying that there is a type mismatch, this is caused by the line that starts with the word Echo because Echo is not a valid vbscript command, normally you would use the wscript.echo command. But for the use with BGINFO we must use the above syntax as this is what gets parsed back to BGINFO

So whenever you create a vbscript that is used with BGINFO you must include the command Echo <variable to return>

Then we open BGINFO and follow the steps as illustrated below.





When done we’re saving the configuration, in this case to bginfo.bgi. And finally we launch BGINFO using the following command line.

"BgInfo.exe" "bginfo.bgi" /timer:0 /silent /nolicprompt

and get the following result.


If you’re looking for more ideas I recommend you have a look at the BgInfo VBScript Add-On scripts created by Moral Volcano here.

2 thoughts on “How to use vbscripts in BGINFO

  1. Is it possible to return multiple lines in this way? E.g. I am trying to list currently mapped network drives. I wish to have the bginfo text looking like this:

    Mapped Drives: H: \\domain\homedrive
    S: \\fileserver\share

    Thanks for your assistance. I currently can only get it to display the drives letters then the paths underneath (using WMI queries)

  2. Nevermind I found that it is possible. One simply adds multiple Echo commands to the bottom of the script. E.g. in my test I did this:

    ‘—-Script Start————
    Dim sOne
    Dim sTwo
    sOne = “hi”
    sTwo = “there”

    Echo sOne
    Echo sTwo
    ‘—-Script End————

    The bginfo display result was this:

    TestVBS: hi

    (with tabs of course, the comment parser on your site removes whitespace)

    Thanks for the excellent and easy to understand post, helped me in a few seconds to understand how to use vbscripts in Bginfo.

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