How to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark Permanently

In this article I will show you how to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark Permanently.  We will remove the text “Activate Windows 10 – Go to settings to activate windows” that shows in the bottom right corner of a non activated windows 10 machine, as shown below

How to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark Permanently

This message is displayed on your desktop to remind you to activate your windows 10. To activate windows 10 you will need a valid product key which you can purchase from Amazon

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How to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark

To remove activate windows watermark follow these steps

  1. Click Start and type in regedit and hit enter
    remove windows 10 watermark regedit
  2. If you are prompted by UAC click Yes
  3. Now browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop
    regedit control panel desktop
  4. Now scroll down to PaintDesktopVersion and double click on it.
  5. Select Hexadecimal is and change the Value Data to 0 Click OK
  6. Close down the registry editor
    paint desktop version
  7. Restart windows 10
  8. Log back in to windows
  9. When you log back on to the desktop the watermark should now be removed.

If this method did not work we have many other ways to remove this watermark from your machine.

Remove Via Ease of Access

Using the windows 10 ease of access we can remove the windows background image which will then make the water mark disappear.  To do this follow these steps.

  1. Click start menu and search for Control Panel then click on the app
    ease of use
  2. Click on Ease of Access Centre
    control panel ease of use
  3. On the next screen click on Make the computer easier to see
    make computer easier to use
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of this screen and tick the box Remove background images (where available) 
    remove background
  5. Click OK
  6. Restart your machine

Remove via Free Tools

We can remove or disable the Windows 10 Watermark Permanently by using a free tool called Universal Watermark Disabler, to remove follow these steps.

  1. Download Universal Watermark Disabler at this page
  2. Unzip the file that you just downloaded
  3. NOTE : Make sure all applications are closed on you machine and save all work
  4. Double click on uwd.exe
  5. On the screen that loads click install
  6. Universal Watermark Disabler
  7. The application will run then automatically log you off.
  8. Log back in to your machine
  9. Watermark should now be removed

If this tool did not work you can try the next tool.

windows watermark remover tool

Another tool we can use is called Download Windows 10 Watermark Remover v2 by windowsbleu.  To use this tool follow these steps

  1. Download the tool from here
  2. Once downloaded double click on the file to open
  3. Click on the remove watermark button
    Watermark Remover v2
  4. You will now be prompted to restart your machine
  5. After the reboot the activation watermark should now be removed

Disable Via CMD

If your windows 10 machine has test mode enabled this will cause the activation water mark to show. We can disable test mode via the cmd by doing the following.

  1. Click start and type in CMD right click and select run as administrator
  2. If prompted by UAC click yes
  3. In the cmd window enter bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF then hit enter
  4. If all went well you should see the text “The operation completed successfully”
    bcdedit set TESTSIGNING OFF
  5. Now restart your machine

Disable Via Powershell

Using microsoft powershell we can temporary activate windows 10 for 90 days source.  Then after 90 days we can reactivate. To activate windows 10 via powershell do the following

  1. Click start and type in Powershell right click and select run as administrator
  2. If prompted by UAC click yes
  3. In the powershell window type in slmgr /renew and hit enter
  4. Now restart your machine

Remove via Script

Another way we can turn off the windows 10 activation watermark is to run a script. To do this follow these steps

  • Open notepad on your computer
  • Copy and paste the below text in to the notepad

    @echo offtitle 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 >nulecho ————————————&echo.&echo.&set i=1:serverif %i%==1 set KMS_Sev=kms7.MSGuides.comif %i%==2 set KMS_Sev=kms8.MSGuides.comif %i%==3 set KMS_Sev=kms9.MSGuides.comif %i%==4 goto notsupportedcscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS_Sev% >nulcscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i “successfully” && (echo.& echo ====================================== & LS����

    Why do I have an activate Windows watermark?

    You have a activate windows watermark on your system because your windows 10 operating system has not been activated.  You need to activate windows 10 to enable certain features such as

    1. Windows Defender / Security Features / Many other features
    2. Enable Microsoft Office to be installed
    3. Install security updates
    4. Many more reasons

    The easiest and quickest way to remove the text is to activate windows. To activate windows 10 you will need a valid product key which you can purchase from Amazon

    If you are not ready to activate windows and would like to remove or turn off the activation text I will show you how to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark Permanently below.

how to remove activate windows watermark permanently

Using the above methods are a tempary way to remove or hide the windows 10 watermark.  Most of the times the watermark will re-appear when you reboot your machine.

To remove the windows 10 watermark permantly you will need to purchase a windows 10 digital product key from Amazon and then follow the below steps.

  1. Purchase a windows 10 digital product key from Amazon
  2. Click start menu > Settings (Cog icon)
  3. Search for activation and click on it
  4. Enter your digital windows 10 product key
  5. Click activate

why does the activate windows watermark keeps coming back?

The windows 10 activate windows watermark will keep coming back if you do not activate your version of windows 10.

The best way to stop the watermark coming back is to activate your windows.  You can use other methods to remove the watermark but these are usually temporary and it will appear again after you have restarted your machine.

  1. Click start menu
  2. Click Settings (Cog icon)
  3. Search for activation
  4. Click on activation
  5. at the top it will say if your windows install is activated

Why did the activate windows watermark randomly appeared?

The most likely reason for the activate windows water mark appearing on your machine is because your machine has lost its activation status.

To check your activation status do the following



All the methods in this article are confirmed as working by me, how to remove activate windows 10 watermark in 2020 and 2021.  If these methods did not work for you please let me know.

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