How to Remove Test Mode Watermark in Windows 10

A great number of users report that there’s a watermark with version details above the clock in the lower right corner of the desktop, such as “Test Mode Windows 10 Pro Build 10586”. If you can’t bear seeing this, you could try the following two methods to remove the test mode watermark in Windows 10.

About Windows 10 Test Mode

The kernel-mode code signing policy requires that all Windows 10 drivers shall be digitally signed by Microsoft. But that’s not so practicable and pretty time-consuming. Therefore, Microsoft added the Test Mode to enable developers of drivers to test programs without having to provide an authentication certificate. Under the Windows 10 test mode, users can load and install unsigned drivers, and the Windows 10 test mode watermark will display.

Method 1. Use Command Prompt to Remove Test Mode Watermark in Windows 10

To remove the test mode watermark in Windows 10, you could use Command Prompt to fix it. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Open Command Prompt as an Administrator

Step 2. Type in the following command and hit Enter

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

Step 3. Enter the command below and press Enter

bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF

Step 4. Close the Command Prompt window

Step 5. Reboot your computer to make changes take effect

Method 2. Watermark Remover Utility

You could also apply a simple watermark remover utility to get rid of the Windows 10 test mode watermark. The commonly-used tools include Universal Watermark Disabler, Remove Watermark, etc.

Remember to reboot your computer after you run the water remover software to get rid of the watermark, the test mode watermark will be removed from your Windows 10 desktop.

In case you find other workarounds for removing the test mode watermark in Windows 10, please share them in the comment below.

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  • you can just type “bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF” in the windows powershell and it does the same thing
    you might need to run the admin powershell, in case it tells you “access denied”

  • I am trying this does not seem to work, get error
    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF
    An error has occurred setting the element data.
    The value is protected by Secure Boot policy and cannot be modified or deleted.

    This very annoying the watermark comes on and also goes away after reboot. But comes back again. I got a brand new machine with Win10-Home, upgraded (via product key to Pro).
    Now this issue.

    • You’ll have to disable secure boot in your bios menu to change the signing value

    • I am also facing same issue. Bought a new laptop with win 10 home edition activated. Got the update process from internet and successfully update it to pro. But product key I got is not valid. So facing the same issue.
      Did you find solution of this problem?

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  • You need to run the command prompts as administrator – not Powershell. Open the start menu, type cmd, mouse over the command prompt desktop app icon, right click and select ‘Run as adminstrator’, click ‘Yes’ in the User Account Control overlay dialog box. Then type the command:

    bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF

    And you should see ‘Command completed successfully’.



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