One of the things our articles have always focused on is how to remove annoyances from your computer, and after installing the Windows 7 Beta we noticed the ugly Send Feedback link in the upper right-hand corner of every window, and found out how to disable it.
Note: before we get into how to disable this, you should think about whether you really want to do it. Keep in mind that this is a Beta version of Windows, and it’s only YOUR feedback that is going to make Microsoft change or fix anything before the release, so you should be submitting as much feedback as you can.
For those that aren’t sure what we’re talking about, this screenshot should explain it:
Manual Registry Hack
The first thing you’ll want to do is open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box, and then browse down to the following key:
Once there, find the FeedbackToolEnabled key on the right-hand side, and change the value to 0.
To revert it back, change the value to 3 again.
Downloadable Registry Hack
Instead of bothering with manual registry hacking, you can simply download, extract, and double-click on the included registry file to turn the link off.
You’ll have to log off and back on for the change to take effect.
Sending Feedback Alternately
There are a number of ways to launch the feedback tool even after disabling the link… the most obvious is the big icon right on the desktop… but you might have deleted that already.
You can just type “feedback” into the search box, and launch the tool from there…
Or you can find it in the control panel.
What annoyances have you found and reported back to Microsoft? Care to share them with the rest of us? Maybe the community can help with a workaround.
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- Published 01/22/09