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Test Mode watermark removal

  1. #1

    Posts : 37
    Windows 7

    Test Mode watermark removal


    I'm looking for someone who has experience with the matter so he/she can advise me.

    My friend is a coder and he said he has to have the Test Mode on to test some stuff but that he's annoyed by the watermark so I decided to help him get rid of it.

    All good so far, we ran the utility caled My WCP Watermark Editor and removed it sucessfully. But, later on he changed his display language from English to native and the watermark was back (in the native language). We tried using the My WCP Watermark Editor again but it gave an error every time, no matter what we tried.

    So then I googled the problem and found a solution.

    It was basically like that; install the REG change to be able to take ownership of files (Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8).

    Then copy the shell32.dll.mui from the %WINDIR%\System32\En-US (or in the native language in my friend's case) and open it with the Resource Hacker (Resource Hacker).

    Find a certain string and delete the entry that can be seen in the watermark. Then copy the basebrd.dll.mui from the %WINDIR%\Branding\Basebrd\en-US folder and edit it with the Resource Hacker, find certain string and remove it.

    Then overwrite the files with the changed ones (that's why the "take ownership" REG change was needed). After that we uninstalled the REG and rebooted.

    After that I run mcbuilder.exe and after a couple of seconds it just closed the CMD screen.

    The watermarks are gone - what I'd like to ask is: Is this safe? Is it likely that it could cause any system unstability or whatsoever in the future? Or are we perfectly fine?

    Thank you!

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  2. #2

    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellzemos View Post
    Is this safe?
    Is it likely that it could cause any system unstability or whatsoever in the future?

    Only way to know for sure is to try it. Just keep in mind that editing Windows system files can produce undesired results so be sure to back up the original files 'just in case'.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 37
    Windows 7

    I've backed up the two files, gave them the .bak extension. and placed them at the new ones.

    Did I do right by running mcbuilder after the reboot or should I do it before?

    For now the computer seems to work fine.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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