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Windows 8.1 Pro Build 9600 Watermark

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 Pro Build 9600 Watermark


    I have done a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro Build 9600 using a genuine MSDN ISO.

    After the installation was complete i did all the updates and after that i decided to activate.

    The activation was a success and the watermark disappeared but after a restart it came back on my desktop.

    If in CMD i type "slmgr/xpr" it says widows is permanent activated so how come the watermark is still there?

    Anybody has some leads to this?

    PS: Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    The secure boot watermark? if so, yep! It will stay there until you enable secure boot (or just live with it). No workaround is available to remove it any other way (at this time). Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    im not talking about the secure think here let me show youClick image for larger version


    and here you can see it is activated
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  4. #4


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You need to activte.

    Activate Windows 8 Online
    or
    Activate Windows 8 by Phone

    Than reboot.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    OK, well you didn't explain "which" watermark you were talking about so your "Vulcan Mind Meld" did not work on me! Yeah, you have the Windows 8 Preview vversion activated and it will expire in Jan 2014 and that watermark is there to remind you of same. Good luck.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    are you even reading what i wrote down?

    i said i did the activation the watermark was gone but after restart it reappeared

    Here another SS
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    are you even reading what i wrote down?
    You demeanor is not appealing to me so I will just wish you good luck and bug out now. First off, you didn't provide adequate information in your opening post and now its my fault? I don't think so...

    Good luck.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    OK, well you didn't explain "which" watermark you were talking about so your "Vulcan Mind Meld" did not work on me! Yeah, you have the Windows 8 Preview vversion activated and it will expire in Jan 2014 and that watermark is there to remind you of same. Good luck.
    ok now i get the picture

    i thought the latest iso from msdn are not a evaluation copy
    ty you for your answers
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    are you even reading what i wrote down?
    You demeanor is not appealing to me so I will just wish you good luck and bug out now. First off, you didn't provide adequate information in your opening post and now its my fault? I don't think so...

    Good luck.
    sorry if i offendet you but now i guess all its clear to me although im not sure whats a evaluation copy doing on msdn academy
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  10. #10


    Hello,
    I have the same problem. I have an HP laptop that came with windows 8.0 installed. I installed the 8.1 preview and yesterday I updated to 8.1 (final version).
    The system is activated but I still have the Windows 8.1 Pro. Evaluation copy. Build 9600 watermark.
    I search the microsoft forums and found a possible solution deleting a cache file and re-registering the computer again.
    I don't have a serial number (its encrypted on the BIOS-UEFI) but I could reactivate it with the telephone. Still the watermarks remains.
    I found a solution taking ownership of two files and editing them or changing them for others found on internet but it's not clean. I have a legit copy of windows 8 so why should I do this kind of stuff.
    I also try going back to 8.0 (instead of 8.1 preview) but I don't have any restore point and the HP factory restoring software doesn't work.
    So final word... I hope there will be more people with this bug and microsoft may release a patch to fix it one day...
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