Removing Windows Activation Watermark on your Computer

Removing Windows Activation Watermark on your Computer

/ Shayne Sherman

Windows activation mark appears if you are using a copy of Windows that is not yet activated. This could be a problem as some features of windows are disabled when it is not yet activated. Let us start first by showing you how you can buy an activation key for Windows.

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How to buy Activation Key for Windows

Step 1: Go to this link:

Step 2: Click on Add to Cart

Add to cart

Step 3: Go to your cart and click Checkout


Step 4: The website will ask you to create an account. Enter your details and your mode of payment. Use a credit card for faster transaction

Step 5: Follow to steps on the website and wait for your product key

How to enter your Product key

Now that you have a product key, you need to enter it to your operating system to activate your Windows.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Press on Windows key and click on Settings


Step 2: Click on Update & Security

Update & Security

Step 3: On the side menu, select Activation

Step 4: Click on Change Product key

Change Product Key

Step 5: Enter your product key and click ok

Enter a Product Key

Step 6: Wait for the activation to finish and reboot your computer

Remove Activate Windows Watermark for Free

There is also a way to remove the Activate windows watermark but your operating system will remain inactive. It will not receive further security updates and there will be no support from Windows.

But you won’t need to pay a huge fee for a product key. This would be okay if you are just using your Windows for personal use.

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Method 1: Use KMS Activator

One of the best tools to activate windows is KMSPico Activator. Be sure to download the tool on the website provided in this article as many hackers use this to put virus and malwares on your computer.

Step 1: Download KMSPico Activator here:

Step 2: Install the Activator tool

Step 3: Run the Activation Tool

Step 4: On the application, you will see a red button, click on it and the activation process should begin. Wait for it to finish then reboot your computer. You should have a activated copy of windows after this.

Method 2:  Using a .BAT file

Step 1: Open notepad

Step 2: Write the following lines on notepad

@echo off

Taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe



Step 3: Click on File>Save As name your file remove.bat


Step 4: Right click on remove.bat file and run it as administrator

remove.bat dun as Administrator

Step 5: Restart your computer

Method 3: Remove watermark using Regedit

Step 1: Press on Windows key + R

Step 2: Enter “regedit” and click ok


Step 3: Find and expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Step 4: Double click on PaintDesktopVersion


Step 5: Change the value from 1 to 0 and click ok

Value data: 0

Step 6: Restart your computer and the Activate Windows watermark should be gone

The following methods should remove the watermark permanently on your computer. However, we still recommend using an activated version of Windows.

An inactive copy of Windows won’t receive any support from Windows which means it won’t have any security patches and performance updates.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.