Sometimes users prefer to work in Windows 10 without activation, and this is entirely possible but after a while, the message “Windows Activation “with an explanation: To activate Windows, go to Settings, which assumes you go to Settings – Updates and Security – Activation and enter your product key. However, you can remove the inscription from the screen without it.

This instruction details how to permanently remove the Windows Activation from the Windows 10 screen in several ways – manually and using third-party programs and additional information that may be useful.


The first method is to use the Registry Editor to disable the Windows 10 activation message’s display. If you have already tried this method, but the settings were returned to their original state, a solution for this will also be proposed in this section.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Launch Registry Editor: Press Win + R (Win is the Windows logo key), type Regedit, and press Enter.
  2. Go to the registry key.
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ SoftwareProtectionPlatform \ Activation
  4. Pay attention to the Manual parameter on the right side of the editor window. Double click on it and set the value to 1.
  5. Do the same for the NotificationDisabled parameter.
  6. After rebooting, the inscription will disappear, but do not rush to reboot: after a while, the system may remove your changes. To prevent this from happening, right-click on the Activation section (folder) on the left and select “Permissions”.
  7. After selecting the items “System” and “TrustedInstaller,” mark for them “Deny” in the list of permissions and click the “Apply” button.
  8. Click the “Advanced” button, and on the next screen, click “Disable inheritance”, confirm, and then delete the TrustedInstaller and System items for which the “Type” is specified as “Allow”.
  9. Apply the settings you made and restart Windows

You can also use the following code to create a reg file and modify the registry. There are more parameters in the code than in the steps described above:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ SoftwareProtectionPlatform \ Activation]
"ActivationInterval" = dword: 000dbba0
"Manual" = dword: 00000001
"NotificationDisabled" = dword: 00000001
"DownlevelActivation" = dword: 00000002

Another method in addition to the above is to disable the Quick Check service. This can be done in services.msc (set the startup type of the service to Disabled, apply, and restart the computer), or in the registry editor: in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ svsvc, change the Start parameter to 4, and then restart a computer.


Another way to remove the “Windows Activation” inscription in the corner of the screen is to use a simple free utility Universal Watermark Disabler, which can be downloaded from the official website After downloading the utility, unzip the archive and run the uwd.exe file.

Click the “Install” button (you may need to confirm the installation in an unsupported assembly. Usually everything works), and then click “OK” to exit the system.

After automatically logging off and then logging in, the inscription does not always disappear. Still, if you restart your computer or laptop after that, it usually disappears (but, according to my tests, not always).

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