How to Remove Activate Windows Watermark in Windows 10 Permanently

Seeing the Activate Windows watermark every time you turn on your computer is very annoying. It disturbs your desktop wallpaper. This watermark indicates that your windows license has expired. If you have a valid Windows 10 product key you can enter that to activate Windows 10 and remove the watermark. However, if you don’t have a genuine Windows key you can make some changes in the registry to remove the activate Windows watermark permanently on Windows 10.

There are two reasons behind the watermark. First is due to invalid windows license. One can get a key from various online resources but they do not work because they have been used earlier. This is blocked by the online activation technology used by Microsoft.

The second reason being unmatched windows version i.e. if you have installed a different version of Windows and are entering the key of a different version.

This article will help you out to remove the Windows 10 Activation watermark permanently. Just follow these methods and get rid of the activation watermark.

Remember, if you can get the original serial key provided by windows, the activation system will protect your computer with daily updates. Activating windows gets you certain features like windows update, security feature with an up to date windows defender, which one can’t get if they haven’t activated the windows.

1. Registry Method

You can use this method to remove the activate windows watermark, without a genuine product key.

  • Open “Run” dialogue box.
  • Type regedit in the Run dialogue box and press enter to open Windows Registry Editor.
  • On the left side panel go to the following – Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  • Click on Desktop to see its content on the right-side panel.
  • On the right-side panel, search for PaintDesktopVersion.
Remove Activate Windows Watermark
  • Right click and modify it and change the value 1 to a 0.
  • Click on “OK to save changes.” Now close the registry editor.
  • Restart your PC to see the changes.
Registry value

2. Killing the Watermark Task

The second method to remove the watermark is to kill the watermark task itself.

  • Open notepad and type below command:
@echo off
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
Notepad file
  • Save this file with name remove.bat
  • Right-click on the file and Run it as administrator.
  • A Command Prompt Window will open and close.
  • Restart your PC to see the changes.

3. Through the Display Settings

It is one of the easiest method to remove the watermark.

  • Right-click on Desktop and select Display settings.
  • Go to Notifications & actions on the left side panel.
  • In the right-side panel turn off two options “Show me windows welcome experience…” and “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions…”.
  • Restart your PC to see the changes.
Remove by display settings

4. By Using Windows Powershell

This method will temporarily activate Windows for 90 days so you will not see activate Windows watermark for the next 90 days. After 90 days you can redo this method to further remove the watermark.

  • Click on Start, and type PowerShell in search, right-click and select run as administrator.
  • In the PowerShell window, type following command and press enter.
slmgr /renew
  • Restart your system.
Powershell command

5. By Using Command Prompt

You can easily remove the watermark using CMD.

  • Type CMD in search, then run it as administrator.
  • In the Command Prompt window enter command given below and press enter.
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF
CMD prompt
  • A message “The operation completed successfully” will appear.
  • Restart your PC to see the changes.

6. By Using Code

  • Copy below code and paste it in notepad.
@echo off
title Activate Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 for FREE!&cls&echo =====================================&echo #Copyright: =====================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo - Windows 7 Professional&echo - Windows 7 Professional N&echo - Windows 7 Professional E&echo - Windows 7 Enterprise&echo - Windows 7 Enterprise N&echo - Windows 7 Enterprise E&echo - Windows 8 Core&echo - Windows 8 Core Single Language&echo - Windows 8 Professional&echo - Windows 8 Professional N&echo - Windows 8 Professional WMC&echo - Windows 8 Enterprise&echo - Windows 8 Enterprise N&echo - Windows 8.1 Core&echo - Windows 8.1 Core N&echo - Windows 8.1 Core Single Language&echo - Windows 8.1 Professional&echo - Windows 8.1 Professional N&echo - Windows 8.1 Professional WMC&echo - Windows 8.1 Enterprise&echo - Windows 8.1 Enterprise N&echo - Windows 10 Home&echo - Windows 10 Home N&echo - Windows 10 Home Single Language&echo - Windows 10 Home Country Specific&echo - Windows 10 Professional&echo - Windows 10 Professional N&echo - Windows 10 Education N&echo - Windows 10 Education N&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise N&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB&echo - Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB N&echo.&echo.&echo ====================================&echo Activating your Windows... & cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk W82YF-2Q76Y-63HXB-FGJG9-GF7QX >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk GNBB8-YVD74-QJHX6-27H4K-8QHDG >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk M9Q9P-WNJJT-6PXPY-DWX8H-6XWKK >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 7B9N3-D94CG-YTVHR-QBPX3-RJP64 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk BB6NG-PQ82V-VRDPW-8XVD2-V8P66 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 789NJ-TQK6T-6XTH8-J39CJ-J8D3P >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99 >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX >nul&cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9 >nul
echo ------------------------------------&echo.&echo.&set i=1
if %i%==1 set
if %i%==2 set
if %i%==3 set
if %i%==4 goto notsupported
cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS_Sev% >nul
cscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i "successfully" && (echo.& echo ====================================== & echo. & choice /n /c YN /m "Would you like to visit my blog [Y,N]?" & if errorlevel 2 exit) || (echo The connection to the server failed! Trying to connect to another one... & echo Please wait... & echo. & echo. & set /a i+=1 & goto server)
explorer ""&goto halt
echo ======================================&echo.&echo Sorry! Your version is not supported.
pause >nul
The script
  • Save the file with .bat extension.
  • Now Run the bat file as administrator by right-clicking on it.
  • Command Prompt will open and close. After that Restart your PC to see the changes.

All the methods mentioned here have been tried and tested by us. These will definitely help you to get rid of Activate Windows 10 watermark. So by following these methods you can easily remove the Windows watermark on your PC.

Amy Bros is a young technology enthusiast who always explores and demonstrates new technology skills & products. With 5+ years of experience, she holds several leading IT certificates.

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