"Go to settings to activate windows" watermark?  


  1. Posts : 86
    windows 10 anniversary 64
       #1

    "Go to settings to activate windows" watermark?


    how do i get rid of the "go to settings to activate windows" watermark that has recently started to appear? i've check out the following and my system clearly appears to be activated, altho nothing shows up in step 4 and 5 shows my copy is not activated... i purchased this software about four years ago and have been using it ever since.

    1. cmd > "slmgr /xpr" returns "windows(r) professional edition: the machine is permanently activated.

    2. system properties shows "windows activation: windows is activated product id: my registration key".

    3. productkey.vbs script shows product key.

    4. cmd > "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" doesn't show anything.

    5. activation settings shows that my edition is not activated.

    EDIT - selecting "troubleshoot" in activation settings seems to have fixed the problem.

    - - - Updated - - -

    the watermark is back...

    anyone else experience this?
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  2. Posts : 3,453
       #2

    aeneas1 said:
    how do i get rid of the "go to settings to activate windows" watermark that has recently started to appear? i've check out the following and my system clearly appears to be activated, altho nothing shows up in step 4 and 5 shows my copy is not activated... i purchased this software about four years ago and have been using it ever since.

    1. cmd > "slmgr /xpr" returns "windows(r) professional edition: the machine is permanently activated.

    2. system properties shows "windows activation: windows is activated product id: my registration key".

    3. productkey.vbs script shows product key.

    4. cmd > "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" doesn't show anything.

    5. activation settings shows that my edition is not activated.

    EDIT - selecting "troubleshoot" in activation settings seems to have fixed the problem.

    - - - Updated - - -

    the watermark is back...

    anyone else experience this?
    @CharlieFinn
    of Activate Windows watermark after update fame,
    PM'd me that he had to uninstall lastest updates - one of which referred to Enterprise.
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  3. Posts : 86
    windows 10 anniversary 64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    so the solution is live with it or uninstall update(s)?

    Superfly said:
    @CharlieFinn
    of Activate Windows watermark after update fame,
    PM'd me that he had to uninstall lastest updates - one of which referred to Enterprise.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 3,453
       #4

    aeneas1 said:
    so the solution is live with it or uninstall update(s)?
    Nope.

    You uninstall the corrupted update to see which has caused the problem. Then clean out the software distribution folder, check system integrity and restorehealth if need be.

    Update can then be run again and hopefully install correctly.

    PS: Not all updates are necessarily going to work on all PC's, may be the reason why the 1909 update has been pulled my MS.
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  5. Posts : 86
    windows 10 anniversary 64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    fwiw, an update: uninstalling previous windows updates, cleaning out the software distribution folder, reinstalling updates, restoring health, etc. has not helped, just can't get rid of the watermark.

    also, sfc /scannow and dism runs show no issues, clean bill of health... oddly, windows system info shows activated, while windows settings and the watermark show it's not active, beautiful.

    i really don't want to have to do an in-place upgrade or a fresh install, but it's seems that's where i'm heading, sadly.


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  6. Posts : 56,572
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #6

    in-place upgrade is non-destructive. You won't lose anything, except maybe the bad code giving those contradictory messages. All your apps, progs, data, etc. will remain.

    Takes 20-25 minutes.
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  7. Posts : 13,136
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #7

    aeneas1 said:
    fwiw, an update: uninstalling previous windows updates, cleaning out the software distribution folder, reinstalling updates, restoring health, etc. has not helped, just can't get rid of the watermark.

    also, sfc /scannow and dism runs show no issues, clean bill of health... oddly, windows system info shows activated, while windows settings and the watermark show it's not active, beautiful.

    i really don't want to have to do an in-place upgrade or a fresh install, but it's seems that's where i'm heading, sadly.


    The watermark was done away with on the RTM Home/Core and Pro Editions 2 or 4 or more Versions ago and their associated Builds. There was a Registry item that could be changed and show it but that was soon blocked from use. It does still exist on the IP/Insider Preview Edition although it did go away for a short while. I liked it as I was running 3 versions and seeing it help keep them straight in my mind but at least it still works on the IP machines.

    "Go to settings to activate windows" watermark?-watermark.png
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  8. Posts : 18,268
    Windows 11 Pro
       #8

    What does:
    slmgr /ato

    return?
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  9. Posts : 86
    windows 10 anniversary 64
    Thread Starter
       #9

    long overdue update - went ahead and did an in-place upgrade, went very smoothly/quickly, and everything is now running as it should... in fact i was having a few issues with my other pc, extremely slow boots and restarts all of a sudden, and did an in-place upgrade on it as well given how smoothly/quickly the other went, and it fixed everything as as well... i remember trying to do a couple of in-place upgrades quite a few moons ago and it was a royal pain in the arse that required me to reset a bunch of things once my system was up and running, and one time i even had to screw around with bootrec commands for hours to get my system up and running again, which is why i was reluctant to do it this time... but it looks like in-place upgrades are now a solid option!
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