If you are using Windows 11 on a computer with unsupported hardware, you’ll soon notice a brand new watermark in the bottom corner of the screen stating that the System Requirements haven’t been met. As the addition of the watermark seems like a pointless addition from Microsoft, we’ll show you how to disable it.
Windows 11 has had some really good updates recently which restore some of the functionality that was removed early on. Things like the ability to drag and drop content to the Taskbar and group items in the Start menu. There have also been quite a few other trivial changes that you won’t really notice unless you check all of the patch notes for the version update.
One of the other major changes that has come to Windows 11 is the new watermark that is displayed in the bottom corner of the screen on devices that are running Windows 11 with unsupported hardware. Although it is possible to run Windows 11 on unsupported hardware it is not recommended and I personally don’t find it worth all the effort. There are plenty of other restrictions as well which make it more trouble than it’s worth. However, if you are certain you want to run Windows 11 with unsupported hardware you can disable the system requirements not met watermark relatively easily.
How do you hide, remove the “System requirements not met” watermark on Windows 11?
In order to remove the System requirements not met watermark on Windows 11, you’ll need to make some changes using the Registry Editor. As this process is a sensitive one we suggest you make a system restore point before proceeding. Just in case you do something wrong and need to revert back to a working system state. Once you have a System Restore point, do the following:
- To begin, open the Start menu and search regedit.
- When the Registry Editor is open, use the left-hand pane to navigate to the following location :
- Once you get to this location, find the SV2 DWORD entry in the central pane and double click on it.
- In the new window that appears change the Value Data from 1 to 0, then click Ok.
After you have confirmed the change, Restart your computer and the watermark in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen will be removed. How long this method works for remains unknown as Microsoft is usually pretty quick to remedy little workarounds like this. As we mentioned above you’re better off using Windows 10 on your hardware that doesn’t support Windows 11. It’s not worth all of the trouble and missed updates/patches, etc that aren’t sent out to unsupported hardware builds.
If you’re new to Windows 11 and want to get to know the operating system a little better or make some changes, make sure you check out our full list of Windows 11 guides here. There is a ton of content from very basic things right through to depth system-wide changes and customisations. There’s content for everyone. We’ve also got a YouTube channel if you prefer video content. Don’t forget to subscribe! See you there.