If you installed Windows 11 on an incompatible PC, it may show an annoying watermark at the bottom right. Here’s how to remove it.
If you are running Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, the newer version of the operating system will show a “System requirement not met” watermark in the bottom left corner of your screen.
How to Remove the “System Requirements Not Met” Watermark in Windows 11
This may not be a concern if you use the OS in a virtual machine. But for most people, a watermark can stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, you can remove the system requirements not met watermark with a registry hack. Here we show you how.
Why Does Windows 11 Show the “System Requirements Not Met” Watermark?
Microsoft Windows 11 had a much stricter hardware requirement than any of its predecessors. If your system did not meet the minimum system requirement, including TPM 2.0, the installation would stop abruptly.
However, with the problem came a ton of workarounds. It allowed you to bypass the restriction and install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.
While Microsoft initially allowed installation on unsupported hardware with a warning about security issues and lack of future updates, it has now decided to put a permanent watermark to remind the user that their system is not supported. A similar message may also appear in the Settings app.
How to Remove the “System Requirement Not Met” Watermark
If you see the “system requirements not met” watermark on your PC, you can remove it by modifying a DWORD value in Registry Editor.
Follow these steps to remove the “system requirement not met” watermark in Windows 11:
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
- Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path. You can also copy and paste the path in the Registry Editor address bar for quick navigation.
- In the right pane, right-click on the SV2 DWORD value and select Modify.
- Enter 0 into the value data field.
- Click OK to save the changes.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC to apply the changes. After the restart, Windows 11 will not show the unsupported hardware watermark anymore.
If you don’t have the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key, you will need to create a new one and set the value for it. To do this:
- In Registry Editor, right-click on the Control key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel) and select New > Key.
- Next, rename the key as UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache.
- Next, right-click on the new key and select New > DWORD (64-bit) value.
- Rename the value as SV2.
- Next, modify the SV2 DWORD value and set its Value data to 2.
- Click OK to save the changes.
It is possible that the watermark will reappear with new updates. So, you will need to repeat the steps after installing the update to keep your desktop clean.
Remove the “System Requirement Not Met” Watermark in Windows 11
If you have bypassed the TPM secure boot requirement to install Windows 11, you will likely see the System requirement not met watermark on your PC. Fortunately, you can remove the watermark by modifying your Windows registry entries.