How to Change or Remove “Genuine Windows Activation” Logo and “Learn More Online” Link from Windows 7 System Properties?

This is the 3rd tutorial of our exclusive "Customizing Windows 7 System Properties" series.

After showing how to change or remove Windows logo from Windows 7 System Properties, now its turn of "Genuine Windows Activation" logo and "Learn more online..." link present at the bottom-right corner of System Properties window as shown in following screenshot:


The Windows activation logo and "Learn more online" link are shown in System Properties when you successfully activate your Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to change or remove the logo and the link in System Properties window. We have tested this method in Windows 7 but it should also work in Windows Vista and Windows 8.

1. First go to "%windir%\System32\" folder and copy systemcpl.dll file to some other location for example Desktop.

Here %windir% represents "Windows" directory which can be found in the system drive where Windows is installed. In most of the cases its C:\Windows.

2. Now open the new file in Resource Hacker and go to following key:

UIFILE -> 1001

3. In right-side pane, delete line number 277 to remove the Windows Activation logo:

<element id="atom(LicenseLogo)" layoutpos="top" contentalign="topcenter" padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,2rp)" background="argb(0,0,0,0)" accessible="true" accrole="graphic" accname="resstr(303)"/>

And delete line number 279 to remove "Learn more online..." link:

<Button id="atom(LearnMoreOnline)" layoutpos="none" active="mouse|keyboard" content="resstr(1528)" accdefaction="resstr(1590)"/>


If your Windows is not activated and you see Get genuine Windows link in System Properties window, you can remove that link by deleting line number 280:

<Button id="atom(GetGenuine)" layoutpos="none" active="mouse|keyboard" content="resstr(1583)" accdefaction="resstr(1591)"/>

4. If you only want to remove Genuine Windows Activation logo, you can alternatively remove it by deleting Bitmap -> 4 key.


And if you want to replace the logo with your own desired image, replace Bitmap -> 4 with your desired 32-bit bitmap image file.

PS: If you don't know how to replace or remove resources in a file, check our exclusive Resource Hacker tutorial to learn more.

5. When you finish editing the code, click on "Compile Script" button and save the file.

6. Now we'll need to replace original systemcpl.dll file present in "C:\Windows\System32\" folder with our new systemcpl.dll file which we saved at Desktop or some other location.

7 a. First take ownership of "C:\Windows\System32\systemcpl.dll" file using following tutorial:

Add Take Ownership Option in File / Folder Context Menu in Windows Vista and 7

7 b. Now rename it to "systemcpl_backup.dll" or any other name.

7 c. Now copy your new modified "systemcpl.dll" file from Desktop to "System32" folder.

8. That's it. Now check System Properties again and it'll show your desired changes. No need to restart or log off.

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  • finally i can get rid of that useless logo and link. thank u so much. :D

  • Thx vg for such a hack. My father and I both hated that genuine Windows logo so much due to the fact that one time he, with curiosity, clicked on it, resulting with Microsoft in return sent him a notification that he installed an illegal pirated version of windows, which in fact he did not.

  • how to remove the watermark that says "this copy of windows is not genuine".

  • Personally, I don't see the reason to remove it...

  • VG

    ^^ Absolutely. And many minimal UI lovers dont like such kind of unnecessary things.

    Check following:

  • @bill
    Customization! The tutorial is to show that it can be removed.

  • would it be the same process if we had a 64bit ?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. The tutorial was written and tested in 64-bit edition. ;)

  • well done bro....
    good post.. like it

  • but how can i add genuine logo on my windows 8

    there is no genuine image and not such lines... please help

  • VG

    ^^ It has been removed from Windows 8.

  • cannot rename original file . saving cancelled
    how to fix it,fast reply please -___-

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Hey bro, I did as you said but the logo and link keep 'restoring' back after I open System properties

  • Thanks a lot for the post & tutorial very very effective for windows 7 64bit

  • hey
    i tried this technique in windows 8.1
    and there are only 263 line so can you help me
    to activate my windows plz

  • Super!!!!......actually I did up to step 6, then I booted into linux, copied the modfied file and replaced with the system32 original file. In this case you can omit the remaining steps. WOW thanks for the good info....

  • Wanted to add a logo in Win 8 where the original genuine logo was before... just for fun. I guess u can add the script required to show a logo. But you cant add the required logo? Too bad, would be fun :)

  • brother my windows 8.1 is active but he is not show genuine logo plz help me

  • I am wondering, has anyone figured out how to remove the 'Change settings' link (in the Computer Name, ...) section & has anyone removed the 'Change product key' link?

    I did remove the 'Change product key' link on 1 computer, but didn't write down what I did & I cannot remember, but I know it can be done.

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