Is the watermark on the right-hand corner of your screen irritating you? Are you also having trouble removing the watermark on your Windows 11 screen? This guide will help you hide those watermarks.
With the new update of Windows 11, most Windows users are also already utilizing Windows Insider and beta releases. This means that the product is not yet ready to be published to the public. However, some of the users find the watermark “Evaluation Copy” annoying. This watermark also shows if your Windows is not yet activated or in the trial version. There are ways on how to remove this watermark.
How to Remove Evaluation Copy Watermark
You can get rid of the watermark in two ways. The first option is to wait a specified amount of time, and the second one is to also use a third-party tool to remove the watermark. Choose the one that fits your needs and requirements
Wait For a Few Days
Yes, you read it right. If you don’t want to use the third-party application, you can also just wait for a few days for this watermark to go away.
The “Evaluation Copy” watermark is not harmful, unlike other watermarks that means a warning. Its sole purpose is to also inform you of the presence of a recently installed beta or development build. The watermark is also supposed to disappear after a few days of use.
Using a Third-Party Application
This application is called Universal Watermark Disabler or UWD. It is a popular tool that will let you hide or show the watermark on Windows 11 beta or development edition. Using this will also directly edit two system files, basebrd.dll.mui and shell32.dll.mui, to erase the watermark. Make sure to create a system restore point on your system since it will be modifying system files before you proceed with the steps below.
- To download the application, go to the official site. Scroll down and to find the download link. Click the “Click here to download the file” to start the download.
2. Go to the Downloads folder to find the downloaded file. Right-click the zip file and choose “Extract All.”
3. Next, select the destination and extract the files. Click the “Browse” button to select other destinations. Then click the “Extract” button.
4. After extracting, it will create another folder in the destination you selected. Open the folder and double-click the “uwd” file to launch it.
5. After that, an installation screen will appear. Click “Install” to get started.
6. A warning “You are going to install the untested build. Continue?” will appear. Click “Yes” to proceed.
Note: After this, your screen will go black for a few seconds.
7. Once the installation is complete, you will be signed out automatically to your account. Click “Ok.”
8. Finally, once signed out, you can now log in to your account, and you’ll notice on the right side corner of your screen that the watermark is now removed.
Restoring the Watermark
If you want to restore the watermark, it’s easy to do. Just follow these steps.
- Go to the path of the extracted file.
- Double-click the “uwd” file. This will run the application again.
3. Next, an installation screen will show. Click the “Uninstall” button.
4. A warning pop-up will show. Click “Ok” to confirm.
5. Once the uninstallation is complete, you can now log in to your account as you did in the installation process. The watermark will now be visible again. The files basebrd.dll.mui and shell32.dll.mui will now be restored to their previous condition since the installation process works in reverse, and the universal watermark disabler will be removed from your computer.
Universal watermark disabler is a freeware application and can also be used to remove all kinds of watermarks in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.
If you’re still unsure whether to use this application to remove watermarks, just keep in mind that this application is known to alter your essential system files which if corrupted, could result in major system problems.
If you have the know-how to fix and spot little faults, you shouldn’t have any problem using this application. It is not recommended to use this application whenever you have new Windows updates to avoid major issues with your apps or your future Windows 11.