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“Test Mode Windows 8.1 Build 9600" Watermark - Remove

  1. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello sbp, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since you have testsigning set to be off, you may have a unsigned driver installed that is causing you to still be test mode.

    If this just recently happened, then the easiest option would be to do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to undo it. Otherwise, it'll be a guessing game on which driver could be the cause if that's the case.

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  2. #11


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    1. Is there any way to get Windows to cough up a list of unsigned drivers that are loaded at present? I understand from your answer that there isn't, but I'd like to just get confirmation.
    If I go to Device Manager and choose "Show hidden devices" and check one-by-one if the driver is signed, am I guaranteed to find the offending driver? (Do I need to show hidden devices to do this?)

    2. This system is one into which I put an SWD driver a week or so ago. I have made **several**system restore points of late. I have 20GB fo disk reserved for System Restore, and according to the System Restore console, I have 20GB reserved of disk space for System Restore of my C: drive, of which I am using about 510MB at present. And yet, when I choose to do a system restore, there is only one single restore point listed. And I see no button for showing other restore points. How can there be 20GB reserved, only 500MB used, and the system has no other restore points?? Could I have done something to make them disappear? This is somewhat distressing to me. The single restore point listed is from yesterday. I'll try it but I doubt it will help.
    Also, normally, before I apply a restore point I would create a new restore point, in case I want to rollback the restore. But now I'm worried that if I make a new restore point, the one single one listed will be silently deleted by Windows. Can I protext against this>

    with thanks,

    scott

    with thanks,
    scott
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  3. #12


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Scott,

    Q1)
    You could use "File Signature Verification" to see if you have any unsigned files to help ID it.

    File Signature Verification


    Q2) It's hard to say. There's several utility programs out there that have a feature to delete restore points. If you dual boot with another OS, then sometimes it can wipe the restore points each time you start the other OS.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    The solution explained in the first part of this discussion does not work for me. I have tried 3 o 4 times. The watermark says: "Test Mode Windows 8.1 Build 9600". I DO NOT want just to delete the watermark, I do want to get out from the text mode. Apparently I am in a test mode after an HP repair on my PC.
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  5. #14


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Alex, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you running OPTION ONE in an elevated command prompt? (right click -> Run as administrator)

    If so, then type bcdedit in the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. Afterwards, post the full results to see what the issue may be.
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  6. #15


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you Brink. Here is the printscreen, you can see also the watermark at the bottom right:

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Brink; 17 May 2015 at 13:27. Reason: attached your uploaded image
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  7. #16


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I don't see anything wrong in your bcdedit. Did you restart the computer?

    What exactly was involved with the HP repair? This may help to ID what happened.
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  8. #17


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    After switching on and off 3-4 times, now the watermak is disappeared. Now the problem seems to be Office: it does not work properly, it seems installed 2 times... I was able to deinstall one of the instances of Office, not the other one :-(
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  9. #18


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    We can create a new thread for the Office issue for us to continue with since it's a separate issue. For now, you might see if using this below to fully uninstall all instances of Office and reinstall the one you wanted may help.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971179/
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  10. #19


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    It was Office 2013. I brought the PC to a shop to have it uninstalled. I tried already a device from Microsoft, I have deinstalled it, and now I get an error if I try to reinstall it from my Microsoft Account. I have given up :-)

    Will keep you informed, thank you.
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