Microsoft released Windows 11 last year with a long list of system requirements. Of those listed, two controversial requirements were supported processors and TPM. As a result, several users ended up modifying registry files to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs. In the recent update, Microsoft has now started adding a watermark to the desktop and Settings app for those using Windows 11 on PCs that do not meet the official system requirements. In this article, we have detailed the steps on how to remove “Unmet System Requirements” watermark in Windows 11.

Remove "Requirements Not Met" Watermark in Windows 11 (2022)

1. To get started, press the Windows key and search for “Registry Editor” or “Regedit” in Windows Search. When the search results appear, click "Run as administrator" to open the registry editor in Windows 11.

2. When Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following path. If the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key is not present in your PC's registry editor, we have a dedicated section below to create one.

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache
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4. Now double click “SV2” in the right pane and enter “0” as Value data . Keep in mind that SV2 (Sun Valley 2) refers to Windows 11 Insider Dev builds (22557 and newer). You must use "SV1" as the DWORD value if you are running Windows 11 22000.x series builds on the Beta and Release Preview channels. Restart your Windows 11 PC to apply the changes and you will no longer see the “Requirements Not Met” watermark in Windows 11.

set sv2 value data to 0 to remove unmet system requirements watermark in windows 11

Cannot find unsupportedHardwareNotificationCache? Create the key in the registry

1. If the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key is not available, you can manually create it to disable the "Requirements Not Met" watermark in Windows 11. To do this, right-click "Quick Actions" and choose New -> Key . Set the name of the newly created key to "UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache".

create a new key for UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache

2. Once you've done that, you'll need to use New -> DWORD (32-bit value) and name it SV1 (Stable, Beta, or Release Preview builds) or SV2 (Insider builds). Now that you have the DWORD value, you can follow the above steps to change its value to 0 to get rid of the watermark.

create new dword regedit value

Get Rid of Unsupported System Watermark in Windows 11

So, these are the steps you need to follow to remove “Requirements Not Met” watermark on your Windows 11 computer. If you have any questions about this process, let us know in the comments and we will help you out. In the meantime, if you recently installed Windows 11, browse our related articles to learn how to update drivers on Windows 11 and upcoming Windows 11 features you can look forward to.