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How to Remove Watermark on Windows 10 & 11 [4 Methods]

A Watermark is a stamp on anything that is used to describe what a particular product is. If you are someone that has been using Windows for a long time, you might have seen a ton of watermarks or might have even heard of them. These watermarks are visible when you might be running an early preview of the OS or running the insider program on the dev channel or for that matter if you are running a copy of Windows that is t activated, you will see a watermark. This watermark is generally placed at the right bottom corner of the screen. For some people, the watermark wouldn’t bother anyone, but if you belong to that group and feel that it looks like an eyesore, here is a guide on how you can remove the watermark.

Now, removing the watermark that is about the build number and all of that stuff shouldn’t be a problem. Even removing the Activate Windows watermark shouldn’t be an issue, but you need to remember that you will only be removing the watermark. Your copy of Windows will still be unactivated. So, if you simply want to remove the watermark for aesthetic reasons, this is the perfect guide that will show you different ways to rid away from the watermark.

You can use the below-mentioned method to remove Windows 11 evaluation copy watermark and other watermarks as well.

How to Remove Watermark on Windows 10 & 11

Remove Watermarks Via Ease of Access

The first way to get rid of watermarks on your Windows PC is by using Ease of Access. This is a simple and the easiest way. But, the trade-off when using this method is that you will not be able to set any wallpaper or background for your desktop screen. Instead, all you will get to see is a black screen but without the watermark. If this setup rocks your boat, here are the steps.

  1. First, open up the Start Menu and search for the Control Panel.
  2. When the Control Panel shows up, open it from the results. Now, click on the Ease of Access option.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  3. You can now scroll down a bit and click on the make the Computer Easier to Use option. Finally, you have to scroll down till you find the Remove background images.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  4. Check the box for the remove background option. Click on the Apply button and finally on Ok to apply the settings.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  5. Your desktop will no longer show you the watermark and you will have a black background as your wallpaper.

Remove Watermark Via Registry Editor

If you have read through the number of guides where we talk about making changes to a number of things in Windows, you might have seen us talk about using the Registry Editor to make a number of changes. And indeed, once again, we have the might RRegisrty Editor to the rescue to help us remove the watermark on your Windows PC.

  1. Pull up the Run dialog on your PC by pressing the Windows and R keys.
  2. In the box, type in regedit and hit the enter key.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  3. Now that the Registry Editor has opened up, you will have to navigate over to this path.
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  4. On the right-hand pane, scroll down and double click on the value that reads paint Desktop Version.
  5. Set the value as 0 and click on OK.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  6. To see the changes in effect, you need to restart your Windows PC.
  7. You will now no longer see the watermark on your desktop screen.
How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark

Remove Watermark via Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is a great tool especially if you have a good hand at the command lines that can be sued to enable or disable a number of settings, options, or even perform a number of tasks. Here is how you can remove the watermark using the Command prompt.

  1. Open the Start Menu and type in CMD.
  2. When you see Command Prompt in the results, select the Run As Administrator option.
  3. Now that the Command Prompt window has opened, all you need to do is to type in
    bcedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  4. Now hit the enter key. Make sure to restart your Windows PC.
  5. Once that is done, you will no longer be seeing the Windows Watermark on your desktop. 

Remove Watermark via Universal Watermark Disabler

The last and final way to get rid of the watermarks on your copy of Windows OS is to make use of this simple and easy-to-use tool known as the Universal Watermark Disabler Tool. You can even remove the watermarks

  1. Connect your PC to the internet and launch your favorite web browser.
  2. Now, simply do a Google search for Universal Watermark Disabler Tool.
  3. Once you get the results, download it from a trusted source. The latest version of the tool available right now is version
  4. Once downloaded, extract the zip file on your PC.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  5. With the folder extracted, simply run the uwd file that is present in the folder. You will now see a screen similar to the screenshot below. Make sure to click on the Install button.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  6. If you are running an Insider preview build, you will get a popup message like this.
  7. Simply click on the OK button.
    How to Remove Windows 11 Evaluation Copy Watermark
  8. The program will restart Windows Explorer and also ask to sign out to have the changes take place.
  9. Once you sign back in, you will no longer see the watermark on your Desktop.


And there you have it. Four different ways that you can follow to remove almost any type of watermarks on your Windows PC. We have tested it on Windows 11 and it works perfectly. So yes, these methods will also work just as fine on your older versions of Windows. So, let us know in the comments below, which one of these methods actually worked perfectly for you.

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