If you’re using a trial version of Windows, or a copy where the license has expired, then you’ll be treated to a lovely watermark after some time. Okay, okay, it’s not lovely at all it’s really annoying.

Luckily, there are a couple of methods you can use to get rid of that watermark, for good.

Of course, if you activate a valid product key the watermark will go away on its own. Beyond that, you can follow these tips to remove it permanently.

Removing the Watermark with a Batch File

The first way to get rid of that pesky watermark is to create a custom Batch file — or .bat — by using Notepad.


  1. Open Notepad. Wordpad also works but make sure when you save the file it’s in plain text. The screenshot is from Notepad++ if you’re wondering why it looks different.@echo off Taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe explorer.exe exit
  2. Type the following:
@echo off

Taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe



Save the file in Batch format

  1. Save the file in Batch format. Click on File > Save as to open the save window. In the window you see choose the location where you want to save the file, the desktop is good. Then, in the dropdown (Save as Type) choose All Files (*.*) and change the file name to remove.bat. If you’re having trouble, refer to the screenshot and make sure your fields are the same.


  1. Click the Save button on the right side of the window. You should now see a new file on your desktop (or wherever you saved it) named remove, with a strange icon, unless you’ve seen the batch file icon before, then it’s not strange.run as administrator
  2. Right-click on the file and choose Run as Administrator from the context menu.
  3. Let the batch file run. You’ll notice a command window open for a moment and then close almost immediately. That was the file doing its job. You may still see the watermark when it’s done, don’t worry. Just reboot your computer and it should be gone for good.

Removing the Watermark Through the Registry

You can also remove the watermark from your computer by editing the Windows Registry. As always, this method is recommended for advanced users only.

If you do decide to tweak the registry, refrain from editing anything else as you can cause some serious problems if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  1. Open Run by pressing the Windows Key + R.regedit
  2. In the open box, type regedit and press enter. The Windows Registry will open. Expand the window a little if necessary and make sure all the trees on the left-hand side are closed (not expanded).
  3. Navigate to 
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  4. Double click on PaintDesktopVersion on the right.PaintDesktopVersion
  5. In the Value Data field, change 1 to 0 and click OK.

That’s it. Now just close the registry editor if you haven’t already and close any other applications you had open.

Reboot your computer, and when you log in and return to your desktop the watermark should be gone.

Bottom Line

Either tweak to remove the watermark should work just fine. For whatever reason, if one doesn’t work you always have the other to fall back on!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.