How to remove the activation watermark in the desktop?

Good evening,

I had a problem today, the watermark "Activate Windows go to settings to activate Windows" appeared and wouldn't go away even after updating and rebooting many times. I ran the troubleshooter, that had a lot of trouble functioning but finally told me that I have a digital license for Windows 10 Home, but on my computer is installed Windows 10 Pro.

Impossible for me to find how to revert back to Home, or how to get Pro, knowing that I never changed hardware nor modified in any way Windows since I updated for free from Windows 8.

Could you please help me to find a solution to activate normally Windows, and ultimately get rid of that annoying watermark?

Thank you very much, have a nice evening!


[Original title: Activation problem with Windows 10]

[Moved from: Windows / Windows 10 /Install, upgrade, & activate]


Hi Monika, 

Based on the details provided, you can remove the watermark by killing the process through this simple steps: 

  1. Open Notepad. 

  2. Type these following commands: 

    • @echo off 

    • taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe 

    • explorer.exe 

    • exit 

  3. Save as Activation.bat 

  4. Locate the it in your file manager. 

  5. Right-clickand select Run as administrator. 

  6. Restart PC. 

See image below:

Let us know how it goes. 


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Last updated October 28, 2020 Views 158,041 Applies to: