You might aware of the fact that on the beta version of Windows OS, Microsoft has a tradition of putting a watermark of the build number and Release version name of the Operating system on the bottom right corner of the Desktop. We have seen this before on Windows 7 and now on Developer and Consumer Preview of Windows 8. Today I will discuss how to remove this Watermark from your Windows 8 desktop, without editing or replacing any system file.
In the time of Windows 7, we had to use third-party utility or had to play with the system files to remove the watermark. But in windows 8 the process is much simpler and you don’t have to play with the system files to be able to remove the watermark or the build info from the desktop. 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 watermark from the image then you can easily get rid of the watermark from your Windows 8 Desktop.
First of all create a folder and put the image file you want to use as your desktop wallpaper. Now right click on the image file and select “Set as Desktop wallpaper” option from the context menu. Your image will be set as your desktop background immediately. Now in the same folder create a copy of your original Image file. As you can see in the image above, My original image file is “Wall.jpg” and the copy of that file is “Wall – Copy.jpg”.
Now rename the “Wall – Copy.jpg” file to “CachedImage_1280_800_POS4.jpg” . Where 1280_800 represents your screen-resolution. So if you have a monitor of screen resolution 1920*1200 then for you the file name have to be “CachedImage_1920_1200_POS4.jpg” . I think you have got the point.
Now Press "Win+R" keys together to open RUN dialog box and paste the following text
And press Enter. This will open up a folder called “CachedFiles” and within the folder you will see an image file. For now just minimize the window and go back to your previous folder where you have created the Image file in the previous step. Now Click on the “CachedImage_1280_800_POS4.jpg” file which you have created and press Ctrl+X . Now go to the “CachedFiles” folder and press Ctrl+V .
A pop up window will be displayed where you have to select the “Replace the file in the destination folder” option as shown in the screenshot above. Now refresh the window for a couple of times by clicking the F5 key and then you can close that folder.
Now go to your Windows Desktop and Refresh the desktop again for a couple of times by pressing the F5 key. Now you will notice that the Watermark from your desktop has gone. But please note that this method has some serious drawbacks. For example, Changing the wallpaper will bring back the watermark again. You will have to follow the above procedure again to remove the watermark. Also, this method doesn’t work if you are using a theme pack with multiple pictures.
Nirab Sarma Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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