The activation mark on the windows screen is displayed when your windows have not been activated yet. This could be due to several reasons. It could be displayed if you have forgotten to activate your windows after purchasing it, or if you have a pirated version of windows on your computer. Either way, it makes your desktop looks bad. So today, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how you can get rid of the activate windows watermark easily.


Activate the Windows Using a Product Key

If you have purchased an original or genuine window, then removing the windows is going to be a short process. All you have to do is activate the Windows by entering 24 words product key which you get at the time of purchasing the windows. If you have the product key with you, then you can follow the below-given method.

  1. Go to settings -> Update and Security on your windows.
  2. Click on the Activation tab on the menu.
  3. Click on the Change Product key.
  4. Enter the Product Key that you received. If the product keys are correct, then windows will activate the OS.

Note: This post is for demo purpose only, to remove activation watermark, you should purchase the Windows License.

Use Regedit to remove activate the windows watermark

Regedit is a GUI tool that is used to edit registry keys in windows. Regedit can be used to remove the activation mark easily from the windows. Let’s see how you can do it.

  1. First, hit "windows+r" on your keyboard. This will open the run terminal on your windows. Type "Regedit" and hit enter.
  2. Now go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel ->Desktop.
  3. Once on the desktop, find the PaintDesktopVersion and click on it to open it.
  4. Select the Base as Hexadecimal and change the value to 0. Click on okay to save all the changes.
  5. Close the Registry Terminal and restart the computer. Upon restarting, the activated windows watermark should have been removed. If the watermark is still there, you can follow other steps.

Use PowerShell to remove the activate windows watermark

PowerShell is à task automation and configuration management framework provided by Microsoft. It consists of a command-line shell which we will use to remove the watermark. However, this process is a temporary solution. It will help you to remove the activated windows watermark from your computer only for 90 days.

  1. Click on the start button. Type PowerShell and select run as administrator.
  2. Once the PowerShell is loaded, type in the following command.
    slmgr /renew?


  3. Restart your computer. Upon restarting, the activate windows watermark should have been removed. If it still exists, follow other steps give below. 

Using Notepad to remove activate Windows watermark.

Notepad is a simple text editor that allows the user to create or edit text documents. By using a notepad, one can get rid of the activation watermark easily.

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Type in the following command in 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 gotonotsupportedcscript //nologo c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS_Sev% >nulcscript //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 &gotoserver)explorer “”&gotohalt:notsupportedecho ======================================&echo.&echo Sorry! Your version is not supported.:haltpause>nul?

  3. Save this file with the extension of.cmd.
  4. Run the file just saved as administrator.
  5. Restart your computer.

Another Notepad version

Enter this command

@echo off
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe

While saving the file, name your file as remove.bat, then change the File type to All Files (*.*)

Now, once you have saved above file, right-click and choose Run as administrator.

Some commands will run and close cmd automtically, once you are done, restart your PC, watermark will be removed.

Using Command Prompt to remove activate Windows watermark.

Command Prompt is a well-known application found in the Windows operating system. We can use the command prompt to get rid of the activate Windows watermark. This can be done by disabling the test mode on windows.

  1. Press Windows + r on the keyboard. The run terminal will open. Type cmd and hit enter.
  2. In the CMD terminal enter the following code and hit enter.
    bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF?


  3. You will get a message saying "The operation was completed successfully."
  4. Restart your computer. Upon restarting the activate windows watermark should be removed.


Activate your windows watermark will not affect the performance of your computer in any way. However, it’s not pleasing to look on the desktop screen and that’s why many people want to get rid of it. The above-stated method will surely help you to get rid of the activation mark from your windows easily. Just follow each step carefully and you will get rid of the watermark in no time.