How to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11

How to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11

Microsoft company has launched the latest version of Windows 11

You can upgrade the version to Windows 11. It is fully free for that PCs to meet the specific minimum hardware requirement. According to the source, a PC with Windows 10 version, can install the latest version of Windows 11 without any cost. Many Windows 11 users are facing the problem with the watermark saying “System Requirement not met”.

As they set the minimal requirement for installation of Windows 11, the watermark is bothering you. The specific system requirements are –

How to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11
How to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11

Hardware Requirement:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores or systems on a chip (SoC).
  • 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater RAM (Random Access Memory).
  • Storage: 64 GB* or greater available storage is required to install Windows 11.
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates, and to download and use some features.

Operating System Requirement:

  • 5G capable modem.
  • An HDR monitor is required.
  • a USB flash drive is required.
  • Requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities.
  • NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the Standard NVM Express Controller driver and a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support.
  • Available with supported games and graphics chips.
  • Sensor that can detect human distance from the device or intent to interact with the device is required.
  • Requires a microphone and speaker.
  • three-column layouts require a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.
  • From Taskbar requires a video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output). The app must be compatible with features to enable global mute/unmute.
  • Requires supporting hardware and software.
  • Requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.
  • Use of PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • A PC with a microphone.
  • Modern Standby power model and microphone.
  • Requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router.
  • A camera configured for infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication.
  • A display adapter that will support Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Requires Xbox Live account.

Virtual Machine Support:

  • 2nd generation
  • 64 GB or greater storage
  • Secure Boot capable
  • Virtual TPM enabled
  • 4 GB or greater memory
  • 2 or more virtual processors

If any of these is absent in your system, then the watermark “System Requirement not met” will appear at the right bottom corner and can be the cause of your irritation.  

Follow these simple steps to remove it permanently from your Windows 11 PC.

Steps to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11:

There are two available processes by which you can remove the watermark.

  1. By using Registry Editor
  2. By using Provided Keys

Let’s discuss the procedures.

By using Registry Editor:

You can easily remove the watermark by modifying some registry editor values.

  • Registry Editor:

From the keyboard, hold the “Windows” and “R” keys together for opening the RUN dialogue box. This means to hold “Win + R” at the same time.

Type “Regedit” on the typing space. Either click on “OK” or hold the keyboard keys “ctrl”, “Shift”, and “Enter” together to open the elevated instance of the Registry Editor.

  • Navigate to the target folder:

When User Account Control seeks permission to grant the admin access click on “Yes” for the further functions. Run the registry editor as “Administrator”.

Now, navigate the location of the elevated Registry Editor from the left pane:

  • At first, go to the Computer
  • After that, click on Control Panel
  • Finally, click on UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache

Or type the target path –

Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache

NOTE: If “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” is not present in your system, then create the key.

Operation to remove “System Requirement not met” Watermark:

After arriving at the “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” key, right-click or double-click on the DWORD “SV2” from the right pane of the opened window.

“SV 2 – Sun Valley 2” refers to the Windows 11 Insider Dev builds

 From the pop-up contextual menu, choose the first option “Modify” option. In the opened DWORD (32-bit) Value, change the base from “Decimal” to “Hexadecimal” and put the value data “0” to remove the watermark “System Requirement not met”. Click on “OK”.

Now restart your system and notice the changes on your computer.

Wait. Can’t find the “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” key on your screen. Here is the process which will help you create the key in your system.

Steps to bring the “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” key on screen:

If “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache” is not present in your system, then follow these foot-steps –

  • At first go to “Control Panel” under the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”.
  • After that, right-click there and create the new DWORD key under “Quick Access”.
  • From the contextual menu click on KEY” to add a new key.
  • Name the key as “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache”.
  • Now, right-click on the key from the left pane. Then add the DWORD value as “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

It means the first click on “Control Panel”. Then create the new DWORD key. So go to “New”. And give the name “UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache”. Again right click on the key. From the pop-up menu, chose the value “DWORD (32-bit) Value”

By using Provided Keys:

If you have made a mess with the Registry Editor then you have still one option to use the ZIP file in which the REG file is contained from the first and can make the change on your device.

Download the ZIP file from the WinRAR ZIP archive named “”.

Open the ZIP file in notepad or any other text editor.

After that right click on the ZIP file to unzip it. To unzip, click on the “Extract All” option for extraction. Follow the prompts, and a folder with the same name as the ZIP file will be created.

Now double click on the REG file – “Disable_Unsupported_Message.reg”. If nothing is working out and there is another file in the ZIP file, then undo “Disable_Unsupported_Message.reg”.

When Registry Editor seeks your permission allow it by clicking “YES” to make the change.

Reboot your device and enjoy the changes.

NOTE: This “System Requirement is not met” watermark can be back in the next updates. To remove the watermark follow the same process. If you buy a new operating system with an upgraded model, then you will get rid of the watermark permanently.

These are the processes that you need to follow to remove the “System Requirement not met” Watermark in Windows 11. Perform all the steps carefully and bring the change to your system.

Congrats. Finally, you get rid of the annoying watermark from your operating system. Enjoy the outstanding features of the latest Windows 11 version.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a watermark?

watermark is the identifying image or pattern on the paper which appear in light to a darker shade. Watermark is used to protect confidential information and indicate a legal document’s validity.

What are the general categories of system requirements?

The general categories of system requirements are Output, Input, Processor, Performance, and Control.

What is the difference between the user requirement and the system requirement?

User requirement is the features one user needs the software product to support, while system requirements are features that the software product needs the system environment to support.