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After Conducting Tests, Microsoft has Chosen to Add the ‘System Requirements not met’ Watermark to Windows 11

Are you looking for more reasons to dislike Windows 11? Microsoft has done it again. It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft began A/B testing a watermark on users’ desktops who installed Windows 11 on incompatible hardware. However, for reasons unknown to Microsoft, the choice to display this obnoxious banner appears to be made.

The watermark is there in the current update issued to the Release Preview Channel for anyone operating Windows 11 on hardware that doesn’t pass the test. The warning has been modified and now reads: “System requirements not met. Go to Settings to learn more”. What’s the good news? When the watermark irritates you, you can make efforts to hide it.

Given Microsoft’s goal for everyone to have the greatest experience possible with Windows 11, it’s not unexpected that the firm has taken such a strident stance in pushing consumers to only set it up on appropriate hardware. However, it does nothing to alleviate the annoyance that people who have this notice on their desktop would experience.

According to Windows Latest, going to Settings as indicated by the watermark results in a new warning about not meeting system requirements. Nevertheless, having Windows 11 installed on such hardware has no negative consequences. However, Microsoft has already cautioned that such devices might suffer “damage,” but some security upgrades may not have been delivered to unsupported computers.

Registry Hack

Thankfully, the registry technique that can conceal the watermark during testing time still works.

UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache can be found in the HKEY CURRENT USER Control Panel. When you wouldn’t want to see it, take the following actions to hide it:

  • To open the Run dialogue, press Windows + R
  • To open the Registry Editor, type regedit and hit Enter
  • Find the SV2 key and double-click it
  • Replace the value with 0 and restart Windows

Most individuals who notice the warning will find it bothersome, and it is unlikely that they will upgrade their hardware or return to Windows 10.

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