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How to Remove “System Requirements Not Met” Watermark in Windows 11

Some users wants to Remove the "System requirements not met" watermark in Windows 11, as it doesn't add any value for the end user. If he managed to install Windows 11 on his device, he is already aware of the hardware incompatibility. Still Windows 11 shows such a notification in the Settings app and on the Desktop.

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Starting in build 22557, the operating system shows a message right on the desktop that includes the full build tag entitled with the "System requirements not met" line.

However, most users are already aware of their hardware specs. Installing Windows 11 on such an unsupported device is a tricky procedure. So it is unlikely that you will quickly forget that your device doesn't meet the minimum hardware requirements of the latest OS.

Remove "System Requirements Not Met" Watermark

If you aren't happy to see such a reminder on your desktop, you can easily hide it with a simple Registry tweak.

Remove "System Requirements Not Met" Watermark

To remove the "System Requirements Not Met" desktop watermark in Windows 11, do the following.

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit in the Run box to open the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache. If UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache is missing, create it manually (see below).
  3. In the right pane, change the SV2 dword value from 1 to 0. If you don't have such a value, right-click the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache folder and select New > DWORD value (32-bit). Name it SV2.
  4. Now, create one more DWORD value (32-bit) and name it SV1.
  5. Restart Windows 11. The desktop watermark telling about hardware specs should disappear.

You are done.

Note: In case you don't have the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key, create it manually. For that, right-click the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel and select New > Key from the menu. Name the new key as UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache and you are good to go to create the SV2 and SV1 options as described above.

Note #2: The SV1 DWORD value proven to work in Windows 11 Insider Beta and Release Preview channels (Build 22000.588 and above). The SV2 DWORD value works for Windows 11 Insider Dev channel (Build 22557 and above).

Once you complete the above instructions, Windows 11 won't display the notification any longer. The system requirements watermark will disappear from both Desktop and Settings app.

Windows 11 Compatibility Warning In Settings

To save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files.

Download REG files

  1. Click here to download the ZIP archive with two REG files.
  2. Extract them to any location. You can simply put them to the Desktop.
  3. Double-click the file "Remove the System Requirements Not Met watermark.reg" file.
  4. Confirm the UAC prompt and restart your Computer.

The other file you have downloaded restores the watermark. For that, double-click the file "Add the System Requirements Not Met watermark.reg". Again, click Yes in the User Account Control dialog and restart Windows 11.

However, keep in mind that currently the watermark appears in Insider Preview builds. Any of the stable builds of Windows 11 to this time don't show such a notification. Perhaps, it will appear for stable version users this year with Windows 11 22H2, which Microsoft is set to release this year.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How to Remove “System Requirements Not Met” Watermark in Windows 11”

  1. the watermark no longer appears with officially released KB5011563 build 22000.593 update on March 28. so this reg fix is no longer needed; only occurred with the beta/RP 22000.588 build and not with 22000.593

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