How to Remove a Windows Watermark With Regedit

Written by nick rider
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Testers of the beta versions of Microsoft Windows' operating systems may notice a small watermark in the lower right-hand corner of the desktop above the Taskbar. This watermark simply displays the beta build version of the system. If you prefer to run a beta version of Windows rather than purchasing the official release, you may want to remove this watermark. You can do so by making a change in one of the Windows registry entries.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch regedit by going to the Start menu and clicking on "Run." Type "regedit" in the field and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Expand "My Computer" in the left-hand window. Expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER." Expand "Control Panel." Click on the "Desktop" folder.

  3. 3

    Open the value "PaintDesktopVersion" by double-clicking on it in the right-hand window.

  4. 4

    Change the "1" to a "0" in the "Value Data" field, and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Close regedit and any other programs and restart your computer.

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