Isn't it cute the way Windows always finds new ways to surprise and annoy you? Like today, for instance, I booted my system and noticed something new in the lower right corner:

Test Mode

Windows 7

Build 7600

Huh? I've been using this licensed and activated version of Windows 7 for nearly a year. What's with the bizarro watermark all of a sudden?

Who knows? I've also been trying to troubleshoot a weird, out-of-the-blue "security warning" message that appears whenever I click a Start Menu program. As I regularly tell my dad when crazy stuff like this happens: "That's Windows for you."

Don't get me wrong--I like Windows 7 a lot. I'm just a little fed up with this kind of thing. And I recently gave up coffee, so I'm a little cranky.

Anyway, if you've encountered that same watermark in Windows 7, here's how to get rid of it:

1. Click Start and type cmd.

2. Right-click cmd and choose Run as Administrator.

3. In the command prompt that appears, type the following:

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

4. Press Enter, then type:

bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF

5. Press Enter, then type exit and press Enter one last time.

6. Reboot your PC.

That should send the watermark packing; it did on my system.

Oh, Windows--what exciting surprises do you have in store for me tomorrow?

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