Basically I've used Windows Toolkit to activate Windows, but then while removing its botnet I eventually entirely disabled the Windows Activation service and blocked all Windows update domains in my hosts file after editing dnsapi.dll to remove the domain whitelist. Doing this causes the "Activate Windows" watermark to appear, even though I'm "activated" and I've found some registry edits on the internet that cause it to disappear on every relog and reappear like every couple hours I leave the OS running. Restarting removes it. It's drawn by explorer.exe, killing explorer.exe removes it, but once it starts back there is no delay before it draws it again. I don't know the difference between restarting and killing the process from the prespective of explorer.exe but there is a difference. Can anyone tell me how I can force explorer.exe to NOT draw it, and possibly, tell me how I can stop the process that makes explorer.exe draw it in the first place? The service I disabled that caused this issue to transpire is sppsvc, and I'd rather never start it again on my computer. Thanks for the help in advance.