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Windows 7: Evaluation Copy watermark on windows 7 desktop

07 May 2009   #1
jeremy7

Windows se7en
 
 
Evaluation Copy watermark on windows 7 desktop

I have installed Windows7 built 7068 and activated it online afterwards and it suceeded but then i noticed i still have the evaluation copy watermark on my desktop. i tried restarting my computer but it just don't wanna go off. Is there any other way i can remove the watermark?


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07 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10158
 
 

Hello Jeremy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The watermark is there since Windows 7 is still not a retail version and is still in testing, hence the evaluation copy watermark.

There are hacks out there that can remove the watermark, but I would strongly advise against using them. They usually will cause Compatibility Mode to no longer work properly, and can cause other unknown quirks.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 May 2009   #3
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Jeremy, first of all that is there because you are meant to be evaluating the OS and reporting any bugs you find to Microsoft and you can find hacks around that will remove the watermark but most of those cause big problems elsewhere, so it would be advisable to leave it alone.

Plus one other thing to mention is that the Oficial RC1 is available to download now and you can get it here. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx
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07 May 2009   #4
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

And you will receive a warning that your copy of windows is not genuine if you us the hacking tool to remove watermark.
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07 May 2009   #5
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

hmm... i don't mean to be a dissenter, i removed it a few weeks ago and have not had a single problem, either with compatibility mode or with WGA.
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07 May 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo View Post
hmm... i don't mean to be a dissenter, i removed it a few weeks ago and have not had a single problem, either with compatibility mode or with WGA.
Then you are 1 of very few lucky people
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07 May 2009   #7
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

most people are having problems in other weird area's after removing the watermark.

what did you use?
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07 May 2009   #8
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The latest iteration of user32.dll.mui (the file responsible for the watermark) has changed from 7077 and prior versions so many of these 'patches' will no longer work - if they ever did at all. It's a *very* bad idea to run any of these because I can confirm they *will* glitch many elements of the OS' interface (missing boxes, text, etc...) Live with it until a 'safe' way to remove it has been revealed.
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07 May 2009   #9
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

I've used one called "Remove7Watermark.exe". Its a script compressed into an executable and it has always worked for me. It creates a backup of the user32.dll.mui that it changes. After installing the RC last week, I used it on just one of my W7 computers to make sure it didn't cause any problems. So far its been fine. It is NOT one of the all in one hacks from Orbital30. All it does is remove the watermark. Your mileage may vary!
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07 May 2009   #10
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
I've used one called "Remove7Watermark.exe". Its a script compressed into an executable and it has always worked for me. It creates a backup of the user32.dll.mui that it changes. After installing the RC last week, I used it on just one of my W7 computers to make sure it didn't cause any problems. So far its been fine. It is NOT one of the all in one hacks from Orbital30. All it does is remove the watermark. Your mileage may vary!
i'm 90% certain this is the one i used too (also with great success), but i'm at work and can't verify right now...
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