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Remove the Ugly "Send Feedback" Link in Windows 7 Beta

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:

Windows 7 Send Feedback Link 

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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Once there, find the FeedbackToolEnabled key on the right-hand side, and change the value to 0.

Windows 7 Send Feedback Registry Hack

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.

Download RemoveFeedbackLink Registry Hack

You’ll have to log off and back on for the change to take effect.

Windows 7 Send Feedback Removed

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.

 Windows 7 Send Feedback icon

You can just type “feedback” into the search box, and launch the tool from there…

Windows 7 Send Feedback Search

Or you can find it in the control panel.

Windows 7 Send Feedback 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.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/22/09

Comments (14)

  1. rocky6190

    A few times Windows 7 has stopped me from opening Windows Explorer, Google Chrome and other programs with an error dialogue saying file name is too long etc. This only seems to happen after doing alot of downloading and extracting. Not found what is causing it yet though so no point in submitting it to Microsoft.

  2. Andy

    You’re right, it’s smart and great to leave feedback for MS on the operating system, and I like all the places this is available, but I don’t really think a link needs to be on top of every freakin’ window. When I give feedback, I’ll just use the icon on the desktop. Thanks for this!

  3. AsianAngel

    Another great Windows 7 article. ^__^

    I agree about sending the feedback to Microsoft…this O.S. is showing a lot of promise and the opportunity to help improve it is too good to pass by….

  4. nithinram

    Is there a way to remove “test copy” letters from windows 7 desktop ?

  5. Earl Truss

    Please don’t waste your and our time with articles like this one. It’s a beta. Why waste time removing links that are actually good for reporting issues quickly? It won’t be in the final release so why bother?

    On a similar note:
    Rocky6190 – I would report it even if you don’t know what is causing it. It’s Microsoft’s job to figure out what is causing it and they can’t do it if they don’t know it’s happening.

  6. Joe

    Thank you! I was hoping you’d address this. I have actually been sending feedback, but I’ll use the desktop icon. That link is just in a bad place.

    Other than sound drivers everything has been great with win7. One thing I picked up from your site in the past is the “search the internet” feature in the start menu. I have yet to test that out in win7, but I wish there were a way to make “search the internet” the default behavior.

  7. Man

    I don’t know if this is a glich or just a way for a user to reboot their PC after a program install. But I found that after installing a program some of my keyboard shortcuts stop working, like Windows key + L to lock my session or ctrl + alt + del or windows key + r. The only way that these would work is if I rebooted my PC. Even if the program I installed didn’t need a reboot these key shortcuts would stop working unless I rebooted.

  8. Man

    nithinram
    Is there a way to remove “test copy” letters from windows 7 desktop ?
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    There is a way but I don’t think I can say how here anyways, but google is a good place to start. (PlusPatch)

  9. Susan

    So let me get this straight. People sign up for a BETA. They agree to HELP TEST it and they find the “Send Feedback” button annoying?

    If anyone finds it annoying then they shouldn’t have signed up to be a beta tester in the first place.

  10. 01Vlatce

    Thank you for this.

  11. berkotech

    Gor gods sake the link in every windows isnt just ugly it stops you using the interface properly as even small windows get it, many times you go to move a window and end up with send feedback windows opening…..and if you all think that microsoft is going to read 10 or 20 feedbacks from 2-5 million users every day you are living in a dreamworld…mr anderson !!!!!!!

  12. Hallizar

    I kind of agree with EARL TRUSS…

    Are y’all using this as a primary OS?

    Y’all are insane if you are…

  13. Virtual Darrell

    What’s cool is that Microsoft actually LISTENS to the feedback, through telemetry and direct user comments.

    The “Send Feedback” feature is probably *THE* most valuable tool that you, as Beta testers, have at your disposal. I mean, if you want to help shape the final product.

    We *do* listen to your feedback — for suggestions and your bug reports. Windows 7 is going to be the most successful software launch in history.

  14. windows useder

    i swear to the only god out there that i suffered (morally) a LOT and benefited too from using windows since 2001, while there weren’t and there is no alternative to what i could do with a computer, and i just ask Myself why did you not care about these simple things before? another one, why do you never release upgrades to the system like Apple do? why money is the only measurement of your happiness or whatever drives you to continue to exist? you could ask, what?money? ahh!!! let me let you know, the so called customer perception out there is far from what you think it is. i know you don’t care of what i have to say, and here’s my thought anyway: 1. continue collecting feedback and use it properly to correct your own mess-up. 2. reduce prices so that people can afford it; your products are hugely overpriced but you still can collect your cash by monopolizing the IT industry, you know, there are those who don’t like to learn low level computer languages. 3. be on one side with the average user, be part of community, and not what you currently are – the unknown piple. 4. leave me alone.

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