How to Remove the “Activate Windows Watermark” on Windows 11

The “Activate Windows” watermark is a constant reminder that you are using an unlicensed copy of Windows. This watermark can be annoying and make your desktop look cluttered and unprofessional in a meeting or presentation.

There are several methods to remove the “Activate Windows” watermark from your Windows 11 desktop. This guide will take you through each method.

Use your Product Key

The first and easiest method to remove the watermark is using a valid, genuine Windows product key.

  1. Open Settings.

    Open the Settings app.
    Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Activation.

    Go to System > Activation.
    Go to System > Activation.
  3. Next to the Change product key section, click Change.

    Click Change.
    Click Change.
  4. Enter a valid product key for your operating system and select Next. If the product key is valid, the watermark will disappear.

    Enter a valid product key and select Next.
    Enter a valid product key and select Next.

Registry Editor

Registry Editor can temporarily remove the watermark, but after a while, it will reappear. However, this method is repeatable, so you can use it as often as needed.

  1. Search for “regedit” in the Start Menu and open the app.

    Open regedit.
    Open regedit.
  2. In the Registry Editor, go to the following key:
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  3. In the right pane, look for PaintDesktopVersion. Double-click it and change the value from 1 to 0, then click OK.

    Change the value from 1 to 0, then click OK.
    Change the value from 1 to 0, then click OK.
  4. Restart your computer.

Run Batch File

A batch file is a text file that contains a sequence of commands for a computer operating system. It’s a handy way to remove the watermark without editing the registry.

  1. Search for “Notepad” in the Start Menu and launch it.

    Open the Notepad.
    Open the Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the following code into Notepad:
    @echo
    off taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    explorer.exe
    exit

    Type the command.
    Type the command.
  3. Save the file as “RemoveWatermark.bat” and select All Files in the Save as type dropdown menu.

    Save the file.
    Save the file.
  4. Close Notepad.
  5. Right-click the batch file and select Run as administrator.

    Right-click the batch file and select Run as Administrator.
    Run the batch file as administrator.
  6. Restart your computer to see the changes. If the watermark appears again, you can re-run the batch file to remove it.

Disable Tips and Suggestions

Many individuals report that this approach worked for them, although it is not guaranteed.

  1. Open Settings.

    Open the Settings app.
    Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Notifications.

    Go to System > Notifications.
    Go to System > Notifications.
  3. Scroll down and disable Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device and Get tips and suggestions when I use Windows. This may remove the watermark.

    disable Offer suggestions on how to set up my device and Get tips and suggestions when using Windows.
    Disable the options.

Use a Third-Party Utility

If the methods above don’t work, you can try using a free third-party utility like the Universal Watermark Disabler.

  1. Download Universal Watermark Disabler from here.

    Click the download link.
    Click the download link.
  2. Extract the ZIP file.
  3. Open the folder and run uwd.exe as an administrator.

    Run the uwd file as administrator.
    Run the uwd file as administrator.
  4. Click Install.

    Click Install.
    Click Install.
  5. You’ll get a warning message. Select Yes. And you’re finished.

    Select Yes.
    Select Yes.

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