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== History ==
 
== History ==
The first Windows build known to display a kind of watermark is [[Windows 3.0 build 14 (1989-02-22)|Windows 3.0 Debug Release 1.14]]. However, this was later removed in the lead up to the RTM. Watermarks were reintroduced during the development of [[Windows 3.1x|Windows 3.1]] as seen in the SDK debug kernel, which when applied on top of an already installed copy of Windows displays a shaded label in the bottom right corner identifying the current operating mode and the Windows version. With the removal of Standard mode, the operating mode part was removed, however, watermarks didn't appear on non-debug builds until [[Windows 98 build 1351]].
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The first Windows build known to display a kind of watermark is [[Windows 3.0 build 14 (1989-02-22)|Windows 3.0 Debug Release 1.14]]. However, this was later removed in the lead up to the RTM. Watermarks were reintroduced during the development of [[Windows 3.1x|Windows 3.1]] as seen in the SDK debug kernel, which when applied on top of an already installed copy of Windows displays a shaded label in the bottom right corner identifying the current operating mode and the Windows version. With the removal of Standard mode, the operating mode part was removed, however, watermarks didn't appear on non-debug builds until [[Windows 98 build 1351]] and [[Windows 2000 build 1989.1]]. However, enabling Active Desktop would remove the water mark until it was disabled.
  
 
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[[Category:Windows components]]

Revision as of 17:36, 8 September 2019

Watermark
Component of Microsoft Windows
2296watermark.png
Windows8-6.2.8032dp-Desktop.png
Desktop of Windows 8 build 8032 with an active watermark
Typeuser interface
Introduced inWindows 3.0 Debug Release 1.14
Last included in
Replaces
Replaced by

Watermark is a common name for a label in the bottom-right corner of the Windows desktop identifying the operating system version, which overlays the desktop wallpaper. It is most commonly seen in pre-release versions, where it is enabled by default with no option to disable it without tampering with system files, however, it is also possible to enable it on release builds with a registry entry. A distinctive form of watermark is also visible when a Windows system boots in safe mode, which overrides any other forms of watermark, if any.

Watermarks originally used to be displayed on debug builds only. However, during the development of Windows 98 and Windows 2000 they have become widely used to mark pre-release builds regardless of the build type.

History

The first Windows build known to display a kind of watermark is Windows 3.0 Debug Release 1.14. However, this was later removed in the lead up to the RTM. Watermarks were reintroduced during the development of Windows 3.1 as seen in the SDK debug kernel, which when applied on top of an already installed copy of Windows displays a shaded label in the bottom right corner identifying the current operating mode and the Windows version. With the removal of Standard mode, the operating mode part was removed, however, watermarks didn't appear on non-debug builds until Windows 98 build 1351 and Windows 2000 build 1989.1. However, enabling Active Desktop would remove the water mark until it was disabled.