We have received a lot of complains that an "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to Activate Windows 10 " watermark appears on Windwos 10 desktop every time you fire up your computer, and it's bothering the hell out of you. How does it happen and how to remove the activation watermark permanently?
License Expired - This is the most common reason why this watermark appears. We have acromss the same issue on multiple Windows 10 computers, which were activated by KMS or other Windows activation tools.
License Invaild - You might end up inputing a key being found from online sources and it simply didn't work because it has been used by other people and Microsoft applies online activation technology to block multiple usage of the same product key.
Unmateched Windows Version - That's say the key you own is for Windows 10 Home Edition and someday you reinstalled Windows 10 Professional Edition. Though the key is 100% valid, the water is still appearing on the desktop in future.
If you have the money to pay for a key then you can activate it instantly and go on your usual business, the Windows watermark will be removed, and that will be it. If you don't have a key, but you still want to tackle the issue, there is a couple of ways around it. We are about to give you a simple trick to remove the dreaded "Activate Windows 10" so it won't bother you anymore.
There is no limit to try out the activatetion process in Windows 10 and you won't be blocked for access like Windows 10 login. So basically, you can test every license code you have at hand. This part will tell you how to remove Activate Windows watermark with a valid product key.
Step 1: Click the watermark of "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to Activate Windows".
Step 2: Now you will be lead to Settings section of Windows 10.
Step 3: Go to Update & Security -> Activation. And click "Change Product Key". After that, input the product key and wait for the confirmation from Microsoft remote server. The watermark will be removed permanently if the key was accepted by Microsoft.
Dealing with the watermark doesn't require you to do much as it is, but the process needs to be done every time you work on your personal computer. The registry hack as its known is just a temporary solution that has to be applied every time you boot your device. Beware though: you will find one too many magical solutions if you Google alternative solutions to remove the watermark (most of them are illegal) Avoid them for your sake, they are not safe all to your PC.
To get rid of the "Activate Windows" watermark you just need the notepad utility. You can easily remove the watermark from your desktop. This is what you have to do:
Step 1: Open a notepad on your computer, the utility is located on the start menu. If you don't see it just use the search tool and type "notepad," hit enter and it will come up. Once you open the notepad type the following commands:
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
Step 2: Save the notepad on the main desktop screen, click on it again and go to "file," click on "save as" and you will be offered to choose a location where to save the file.
Step 3: Now you will need to open the file location where you saved it. Right-click on the "remove.bat" file and click on "Run as administrator."
Step 4: A command prompt will open instantly and closed itself, this is normal. Now all you have to do is restart your computer, and that will be it. There will be no more "Activate Windows 10" watermark on the desktop. The watermark continues appearing on desktop each time you reboot the computer. To delete the watermark permanently, third-party activitor is recommended doing that just like the details shared in this post.
The registry hack is safe and legal, so that's a plus on your end. You are not tinkering with the code of the operative system. You are just using a backdoor that was left there by the programmers to get rid of an annoyance. This method is preferred by part-time Windows 10 users That need the OS to run video games or by people who need to keep working on their computers but don't have the time or money to buy the license.
One of the biggest reasons to use the registry hack is the ongoing (and often perceived as unfair) practice of Microsoft to keep charging paying customers for the desktop version of the Windows OS when more reliable software is offered for free or is paid for just once. That's the model followed by macOS, Linux (totally free), and the Chrome OS.