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Windows 8.1 Pro Build 9600 Watermark

  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If it is actually activated, I would not worry - It is acting like it was was updated from an Eval copy, are you absolutely positive your ISO was a not a preview? The way you will know is when it boots. If it shows the old-fashioned Vista style OS loader, it's a Eval. If it shows the Windows 8 Logo. it is not. Or, they may be a fish on the Boot Screen.

    Just keep using it, it it stops working after a bit, then it was an Eval.

    You should go back to there you got it from, and read out what it says about the image. You talking about Microsoft Virtual Academy? Seems to me they would offer Previews there.


    The Actual ISOs are all in the Subscriber Downloads section, which you cannot get without a subscription to MSDN- I just tried and it booted me out.

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  2. #12


    Hello,
    The OS is the final version, it boots with the Windows 8 logo and in computer properties it says it's activated (just like the screenshots of the guy who opened the thread).
    I'm pretty sure the OS will work fine. It's only a cosmetical issue but the OS it's legit so it shouldn't be there.
    I had W8 -> W8.1 preview -> W8.1
    The laptop has the W8 OS in a hidden partition but I cannot use it without the HP backup and restore software (that got uninstalled when I upgraded from 8.1 preview to 8.1 final alongside every software like office, chrome, etc).
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  3. #13


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  4. #14


    Thanks, I will try that tomorrow. That patch was originally addressed to a different problem (people who upgraded from W7 to W8 and then 8.1) but it MAY work. I'll test it on Monday (it's my work laptop that has the problem) and let you guys know.
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  5. #15


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Just to clear up any doubts, why not look up your Windows Licensing Information.
    From an elevated command prompt, type

    slmgr /dlv

    you should see something like this:

    Click image for larger version
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  6. #16


    I get that but with OEM_DM channel in description and product key channel but it's activated, licensed, rearm count 999, SKU 1001, etc.
    I'm going to try the patch now, I'll let you know.

    EDIT: It didn't work
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  7. #17


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If the license is ok, just try changing the desktop theme in case some joker has run BGInfo or similar on your machine - right-click desktop, personalisation and check the file used for your desktop background has not got the "watermark" printed on it. Change to another theme, and see if the text shows up there too.
    The other thing is to take the licence product key that you have on your installed Windows (or a partial string from it) and search for it with Google - if you come up with a match on the internet, the key is almost certainly going to be blocked at some time.

    In regedit:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\PaintDesktopVersion

    make sure that this is set to a value of 0.
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  8. #18


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Now that's an interesting thing, BGinfo, just ran it, replaced my current Wallpaper. I had to re-select my Theme which uses about 20 different BGs.

    Everything this guy shows is that he's running an actual real and activated version of 8.1. If someone had run BGinfo, the current Theme will be "Windows"
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  9. #19


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    if I change:

    In regedit:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\PaintDesktopVersion

    to a value of 1.

    I get this:
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  10. #20


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I'll have to save that entry in case I need it, thanx
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