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Windows 10’s watermark is back in Build 10525, and non-genuine users will not like what it says

Windows 10’s watermark is back in Build 10525, and non-genuine users will not like what it says

by AshwinAugust 20, 2015

If you have previously tested Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds, before the official launch of the operating system, you may be aware that Microsoft had placed a watermark, in the bottom right corner of the desktop.


The watermark, which was available just above the system tray, stated the Windows 10 edition, followed by the words “Insider Preview, the Build Number, and finally the words “Evaluation Copy”.

Microsoft had originally removed this watermark message after the final stages of the Technical Preview, when it launched Windows 10 Buid 10240 to all users, on July 29th.

Fast forward to four weeks later, and we witnessed the resumption of the Windows Insider Program, with the launch of Windows 10¬†Build 10525, which was released a few days back. The build barely added new features, and has drawn in flak from Google Chrome users, since a bug in the latest version of the operating system, prevents the 64-bit version of the browser from running. While we await for Google’s engineers to roll out an updated version, you can try a couple of workarounds which we have written in our user friendly guide here.

Today, I came across another issue with Build 10525. Computer World reports that the watermark has returned to Windows 10’s latest build. It now reads ” Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview. Evaluation copy. Build 10525″.

While there is nothing unusual about that, non-genuine users, i.e., people who are using Windows 10, without a valid license are in for a nasty surprise. There is a license text beneath the watermark, (for non-genuine Windows), which is a link to Windows 10’s licensing terms.

It reads:

“You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft,” stated the text that appeared when users clicked on the link marked “Read the Microsoft Software License Terms” from Settings/System/About. If you do not have express written permission from Microsoft to access the software then you must immediately cease using the software and remove the software from your machine”

Microsoft has made its message clear, do not use non-genuine Windows. As you may have clearly noticed, I have mentioned “non-genuine” instead of “Pirated”. That is because this issue not only affects Pirated copies of Windows, but also Virtual Machines which users have created. Such VMs naturally do not have a valid license, and are hence deemed non-genuine. This is confirmed from Microsoft’s EULA for Windows 10 clearly states that users are not allowed to use Windows, if they are updating or upgrading from non-Genuine versions.

It is unclear how such copies of Windows 10, will be affected. Perhaps they are set to auto-expire after a pre-determined time period.