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Watermark suddenly on desktop

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    Watermark suddenly on desktop


    When I booted my desktop this morning, the login screen background had changed and when the desktop appeared, I get the following watermark now: Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center, Build 9600.

    I checked the PC properties and it shows as Activated.

    I also did two updates yesterday: KB2984006, and Update for Defender: KB2267602 (Definition 1.185.2808.0). When I rebooted after the updates, the old login screen background was still there and there was no watermark on the desktop.

    Is this something I should be concerned about? If so, what do I need to run to provide additional info, or to remove the watermark?

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    Hey Mark,

    This may be able to hide it for you if it got triggered somehow.

    Windows 8 Edition and Build Version Watermark on Desktop
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    Bink: Thanks for the link. According to the linked thread, what (was) showing on my desktop is the non-activated watermark. Problem is, I AM already activated. So, that watermark should not be showing.

    Plus, when I rebooted a few minutes ago, the watermark now no longer shows.

    But -- I will bookmark the link you gave so I have a way to deal with this if it shows up again.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Gotta love those delayed reactions.
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  5. #5


    Once again, the watermark suddenly appeared on the desktop -- and this was after applying umpteen Windows Updates this morning. So, I used the linked page, downloaded the registry file, ran it -- and the watermark vanished.

    Thanks again for the link.
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