Most of you have been got annoyed with the watermark in the corner of your PC that says ‘Activate Windows 10’. No need to worry anymore as you can remove it but before that, you need to know what happens when you activate Windows 10 for Free.
When you install the free version of Windows 10 on your PC without a genuine license from Microsoft, your operating system will not work properly. Once you install Windows 10 for free, to check the authenticity of the product it asks for a product key so as to activate it. In case you buy a PC with built-in Windows 10, you will get the product key along with it or you can also get a digital license from Microsoft by logging into your account and making the payment.
Using an unactivated Windows may ask it to work with certain limitations. For some, it is convenient to use the free version even if they are getting limited features except the annoying watermark of ‘Activate Windows 10’.
To remove the watermark, the first step is to verify the activation status of your PC and to do this, you can follow the steps given below:
- Go to the settings.
- Click on the option ‘Update and Security’ and check the activation status.
- Here you will see the right reason for the appearance of the watermark.
Reasons to get Watermark and their Solutions
When Product Key is Required
When there is no genuine product key available, most probably you are going to see the watermark. If you know How to Activate Windows 10, the next step is to enter a valid product key. Even when you will check the activation status of your PC, you will be asked to enter the product key. So you must check if you have a valid product key as after upgrading your system to Windows 10, you may forget to enter the product key. It is always required to enter a valid product key even if you are not facing any issues while using the updated operating system. Also, if you have entered the product the key when you upgraded to Windows 7 or 8.1, still you will be required to enter it for Windows 10.
In order to run your Windows 10 watermark free, it is mandatory to enter the product key even if you have installed a fresh copy of Windows 10. If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, you can use the same keys you have used earlier. It may work in some cases or if it doesn’t work, you may need to buy a genuine license from Microsoft. Enter the key in your activation window and it will remove the watermark.
Use Activation Troubleshooter
When you activate any genuine operating system like Windows 10, all the internal components work properly in coordination. But whenever there are some changes the internal parts get disturbed as the components don’t recognize each other and don’t work in tune. This is when the watermark for activation of Windows 10 starts appearing. To make it disappear, you can try running your computer’s Windows Activation Troubleshooter’ using the steps given below:
- Go to the settings section.
- Click on update and security and then select ‘Activation’.
- Click on ‘Troubleshoot’ and then click on ‘I changed the hardware on this device recently’.
- Click on the prompt from Microsoft to log in to your account.
After this, you can complete the activation process by entering the valid product key. This method will definitely work if you own a genuine Microsoft product.
The watermark issue can also arise when your PC is connected to the organization’s server. It can happen that you lose your connection with the enterprise server. Whenever this happens, it shows the ‘Activate Windows 10’. Here are the steps that will help you to fix this:
- Go to the settings section and click on ‘Update and Security’.
- Here you will see the message stating ‘We cannot activate Windows on this device because we cannot connect to your organization’s activation server”.
- When you see this message, you will be required to reconnect your PC to your organization’s server.
- After this, you will be able to activate your Windows 10 or you may need a VPN support.
Get a New Product Key
The only remaining solution is to get a new product key from Microsoft. The key you will get has to be entered into your PC to activate Windows. Go to settings, click on ‘Activation menu’ and then go to the store where you can select the option as per your requirement.