How to Remove Watermark (Build Number Info) from Desktop in Windows 8?

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Whenever Microsoft releases a testing build of Windows or service pack, a watermark is always shown on Windows Desktop. This watermark usually shows the build number of Windows or service pack.

Many people don't like this watermark on their Desktop as it hides some part of the wallpaper and sometimes doesn't look nice on Desktop wallpapers.

There are many methods available to remove the watermark from Windows Desktop. These methods include modifying system files using our favorite tool "Resource Hacker". One needs to open a specific system file in Resource Hacker and then remove the text present in the file which is shown on Desktop. More info can be found here.

There are also a few 3rd party patching utilities released whenever a new testing build of Windows or service pack is released by Microsoft. These patchers automatically modify system files to get rid of watermark from Desktop.

Recently Microsoft released free Consumer Preview (public Beta) build of Windows 8 which also shows a watermark on Desktop as shown in following screenshot:

Windows_8_Desktop_Watermark.png

Many AskVG readers asked us how to remove this watermark from Windows 8 Desktop? Believe me removing watermark from Windows Desktop was never so easy before.

Although the watermark string is stored in a system file "shell32.dll.mui" in Windows 8 but the process of showing this watermark on Desktop is a bit different in Windows 8.

Actually whenever you set an image file as Desktop wallpaper, Windows automatically creates a copy of that image file in a hidden folder and then puts the watermark on that image file. So basically the watermark is shown by the image file and if you edit that image file and remove the text from it, you can easily get rid of the watermark from Windows 8 Desktop.

What we'll do is that we'll replace the hidden JPG image file which contains our Desktop wallpaper and watermark with a similar image file but without the watermark.

To make it clear, lets start the tutorial for removing watermark from Windows 8 Consumer Preview Desktop:

1. First apply your desired image as Desktop wallpaper or leave it to default Windows 8 wallpaper if you like.

2. Now copy following text:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

3. Press "Win+R" keys together to open RUN dialog box and paste the above text and press Enter.

4. It'll open Themes folder in Windows Explorer where you'll find a folder "CachedFiles" and an image file "TranscodedWallpaper.jpg".

CachedFiles_Folder_Windows_8.png

Here, "TranscodedWallpaper.jpg" file contains the wallpaper image which you set on your Desktop and "CachedFiles" folder contains a cached image file which is used by Windows to show wallpaper on Desktop. Its basically a copy of "TranscodedWallpaper.jpg" file + watermark on it.

5. Now click on "TranscodedWallpaper.jpg" file and press "Ctrl+C" keys. It'll copy the file. Now press "Ctrl+V" keys to make a copy of the image file in same folder. You can also do the task using right-click menu.

Make_Copy_Current_Wallpaper_Image.png

6. Now open "CachedFiles" folder and you'll see an image file with the name "CachedImage_xxx.jpg". That's the actual image file which is showing your Desktop wallpaper. Windows automatically creates it whenever you change your Desktop wallpaper.

7. Now click on the image file and press "F2" key or right-click on the file and select Rename option. Now copy its name.

Copy_Name_CachedFiles_Folder_Image.png

8. Go back to previous folder and rename new "TranscodedWallpaper - Copy.jpg" file and paste the copied text string.

It'll set the new image file name to same as the name of image file present in CachedFiles folder.

Rename_New_Image_with_CachedFiles_Image_Name.png

9. Now cut this new image file from "Themes" folder and paste it into "CachedFiles" folder.

Windows will ask for confirmation, click on "Replace the file in the destination folder" option.

Replace_CachedFiles_Image_with_New_Image.png

10. That's it. Close the folder and refresh your Desktop and the watermark will be gone.

Windows_8_Desktop_Watermark_Removed.png

PS: If you see some black space on Desktop, unlock Taskbar and move it to some other place such as top, left or right and then put it back to previous place i.e. bottom and the black space will disappear.

NOTE: You can also directly edit the image file present in "CachedFiles" folder using an image editing software such as MS Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, etc and remove the watermark text on it and then save the image file. It'll save the extra steps to make a copy of the image file and replace files.

A big thanks to our reader "Sid" for providing this awesome info...





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