How to Remove Activate Windows 11 Watermark (100% Working)

Windows 11 is already launched, and it is available to download. If you are using Windows 10, you can easily update your Windows and install Windows 11 for free. Windows 11 is the most secure and cleanest update from Microsoft. But if your Windows 11 is not activated, you will see an “Activate Windows” watermark in the right corner.

What if you don’t activate Windows?

As we already mentioned, Windows 11 is completely free, but you have to activate it to access all Windows 11 features. Here is a full list of functions that you can’t use without activation:

1) Personalization features and settings are not available

2) Can’t change wallpaper, the background screen, and themes.

3) Some apps may stop working.

4) You keep getting annoying notifications about Activate Windows.

5) You can’t enjoy movies and games because of the watermark.

6) You will notice a watermark in screenshots and video recordings.

How can I remove the watermark temporarily or permanently?

It is not a good idea to show a watermark (“Activate Windows. Go to Settings to active Windows”) on the desktop. You can remove activate the Windows watermark in Windows 11 permanently or temporarily.

Step 1: Open the Run command box with the Windows + R button on your keyboard. Type the regedit command and then click on Ok.

regedit run command

Step 2: Now, copy-paste this address in the navigation bar and press enter.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation

Go to the Activation directory

Step 3: Find the manual option in the right sidebar and double-click on it.

Step 4: Set the value from 0 to 1 and click on ok.

Set the value from 0 to 1 and click on ok

Step 5: Click Ok and Restart your PC to apply new changes.

Now you won’t see a watermark on your desktop. But it is not a permanent solution. You can follow other methods to remove activate the Windows watermark from the desktop.

How to remove the “Activate Windows” watermark permanently

If you want to purchase a new Windows 11 copy, you can download it from the Microsoft website. But if you don’t have Windows 11 key and want to remove the watermark permanently, then follow these steps:

Buy Windows Product Key Pro Retail Lifetime

The first way to remove the watermark is to get a new Windows 11 or Windows 10 product key. You can get a Windows product key from an authorized retailer, or you can get a digital copy of Windows 10. Buy keys from official retailers only.

Buy Windows Product Key Pro From Microsoft & Amazon

You can also buy Windows 10 & 11 product keys from Amazon and Microsoft. You will also get free support for the Windows key if you face any problems.

How to activate your Windows with a Digital License

When you buy a Windows 11 product key from the official website, make sure you count several characters. There is a total of 25 characters in the Windows key, and it looks like this:

XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

When you install Windows 11 or Windows 10, you will be asked for the key. If you have already installed Windows 11, then you have to enter the key manually using these steps:

1) Go to Settings with Windows + I button.

2) Go to Update & Security > Activation > Change key.

Change product key

3) Enter the key and it’s done.

Enter the key and it's done

Remove Active Windows With Notepad

You can use your default notepad app to remove activate the Windows watermark on Windows 11. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the start menu and then search for notepad.

Step 2: Right-click on it and click on Run as administrator.

Open the start menu and then search for notepad

Step 3: Next, you have to copy-paste the following commands.

@echo off

taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe

explorer.exe

exit

enter the command and save it

Step 4: Save the file with active.bat name. Select “All Files” in the file type option while saving the file.

Name it to Active bat

Step 5: Now right-click on the file and choose Run as administrator. You will see a command prompt window for some time.

Step 6: Restart your PC and see if the watermark is gone or not.

Remove Active Windows Watermark Permanently Using Registry Editor

Step 1: Open the run command box using Windows + R key on your keyboard.

Step 2: Now, type “Regedit” in the Run command box and press OK.

regedit run command

Step 3: Go to the SVSVC folder using the address bar.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

Step 4: Find the SVSVC folder in the right sidebar.

Find SVSVC folder in the registry

Step 5: Find the Start value in the right sidebar and then double-click on it.

Find the Start value in the right sidebar

Step 6: Change the value from 3 to 4 and click on save.

Change the value from 3 to 4 and click on save

Step 7: Right-click on any black space under the SVSVC folder in the left sidebar > select New > Key > name it to KMS.

create a new key under svsvc

Step 8: In the right sidebar, double-click on default to change to Value data.

Step 9: Set the value kms_4 > Click on OK.

Set the value kms 4 and press ok

Step 10: Right-click on the Start > select Task Manager. Or you can use CTRL + shift + ESC button to open a task manager.

Step 11: Go to File > Run new task.

Run a new task

Browser for System32 folder.

Browser for System32 folder and select CMD

Step 12: Find and select CMD.exe > Open.

Step 13: From the Task Manager, select File > New task. Enter the following command and press enter.

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe –update

Run this new command in task manager

Step 14: Check to create this task with the administrative privileges option and press enter > OK.

Step 15: It will open a new CMD window. Now type “gpupdate /force” command and then press enter. Then click on exit.

Type gpupdate force command and press enter

Step 16: Now open registry editor again and go to the following address:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Step 17: Now select the “PaintDesktopVersion” value from the right side window > right-click on it >modify.

Open registry editor and double click on paintDesktop version

Step 18: Change the value from 0 to 4 here. This will remove the activation watermark permanently on your Windows 11.

Change the value from 0 to 4

Step 19: Reboot your PC, and it’s done.

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Conclusion

The error is very common if you are not using Genuine Windows OS. Whatever the reason, you can quickly fix the issue using above mentioned solutions.

Ricky Shah
Ricky Shah

Ricky started GeniusGeeks in 2009 and there's no turning back since then! His flair of writing Windows OS related technical articles has been his hallmark! When not writing, he's often found exploring productivity and project management tools!

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