The system requirements for Windows 11 are quite high, which means that the current Microsoft operating system cannot be installed on all PCs and notebooks – at least officially. Although it is possible to bypass the requirements and install Windows 11, you will probably have to accept a Windows 11 watermark in the future.
Windows 11 watermark indicates incompatibility
Windows 11, the latest operating system from Microsoft, has once again upped the system requirements. Support for TPM 2.0, as well as at least 4 GB of working memory and 64 GB of system memory are necessary, among other things.
Although Windows 11 can be installed in a roundabout way even if your own PC or notebook does not meet the necessary requirements, you will have to live with a Windows 11 watermark in the future.
This is at least on a current Windows 11 preview version with the build number 22000.588, which was released in mid-March. In addition to numerous improvements, the update also introduces the new “feature” that Twitter user XenoPanther captured in a screenshot.
In the lower right corner of the screen, the operating system informs that the “system requirements are not met”. Although the watermark is comparatively small (and much less present than in the case of using Windows 11 without a valid license), it is annoying all the same. Good thing that it can be removed quite easily.
Remove Windows 11 watermark: Here’s how
Fortunately, the Windows 11 watermark along with the notice that the system requirements are not met can be removed relatively easily. All it takes is a change to an entry in the operating system’s registry, which you can do yourself in just four steps.
- First open the registry editor (regedit.exe)
- Open the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER
- Look for an entry named “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache”
- Right-click on SV2 and change the value from 1 to 0
If you then restart the PC equipped with Windows 11, the watermark should be gone. Should Microsoft show the watermark again due to an update on the server side, you simply have to repeat the four steps again.