Windows 11: Remove watermark on incompatible systems

Windows 11: Remove watermark on incompatible systems

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After Microsoft initially only tested the watermark in the Windows Insider program, it is now also found in some final Windows 11 versions. Apparently there is a connection with the installation of the optional update KB5011563. However, not all users see this notification of unfulfilled system requirements.

  1. Windows 11 version 21H2
    First start the registry editor using the regedit command in the Run dialog.
  2. Windows 11 version 21H2
    Then confirm the standard user account control query by clicking on the Yes button.
  3. Windows 11 version 21H2
    Now type the path “HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelUnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” into the address bar of Notepad and press Enter.
  4. Windows 11 version 21H2
    In the right pane, double-click the SV1 DWORD.
  5. Windows 11 version 21H2
    Another window will then open. Enter “0” as the value and click on the OK button.
  6. Windows 11 – pre-release
    If you participate in the Windows Insider Program, you will see the entry “SV2” instead. Set its value to “0” as well.
  7. Windows 11 version 21H2
    After that, you can exit Registry Editor. Finally, restart your PC for the change to take effect.

If your computer has the watermark above the systray on the desktop, you can get rid of it by editing the registry. Before making any changes to the Windows registry, it is a good idea to back up the affected key or registry branch. This allows you to quickly restore the original settings if necessary.

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Then start the registry editor by calling up the Run dialog with the Windows key + R. Now type the command regedit.exe in the Open field and click on OK or press Enter. Confirm the standard user account control query with the Yes button.

Then navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelUnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key. If you type that path into the editor’s address bar and press Enter, you’ll end up in the right place.

Now switch to the right part of the window. There you double-click on the entry SV1, which has the value 1 by default. In the edit window that then opens, enter 0 as the value instead and accept the change by clicking on the OK button. If you are using a pre-release version of Windows in the Insider program, the entry is not SV1, but SV2. Set its value to 0 as well, as described.

After that, you can exit Registry Editor. After you restart your computer, the watermark will no longer appear.

Products: The trick works with Windows 11, version 21H2. The procedure may differ in other versions. (ad)

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