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How to remove Windows 7 Beta ‘Send Feedback’ link and wallpaper watermark

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The new Windows 7 beta release just like Vista preview releases before it incorporate some additional UI elements meant for testers to submit feedback back to Microsoft.

Now considering you may be running this Beta 1 release as your main OS for some reason (I admit it, I have given in to the temptation many times before), one of those elements in particular can become annoying and obtrusive to your otherwise neat configured desktop.

Windows 7 Beta Send Feedback link

Windows 7 Beta Send Feedback link

Here’s how to remove the Send Feedback link:

(1) Run the Registry Editor (type regedit on the start run menu)
(2) Browse to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
(3) If it’s not already there, add a new DWORD (32-bit) value “FeedbackToolEnabled” and set its data field to 0.
(4) The change should take effect on your next restart.

An alternative way to do this is to run this registry key file I have compiled for you. Just download, run and then restart.

Windows 7 Build 7000 watermark

Windows 7 Build 7000 watermark

There’s also a way to remove the wallpaper watermark from the beta, though I don’t find this quite as bothersome.

The process for doing this is a bit more complicated, having to patch the original user32.dll.mui file found on your Windows folder. So what I recommend you do is download this utility (found via My Digital Life) that will take care of everything for you – notice however this is only meant to work with Windows 7 Build 7000 (Beta 1).

Update: We still encourage all users to submit their feedback to Microsoft. It’s obvious that’s the reason Microsoft is giving away the OS code at this stage (besides building momentum after a lackluster Vista reception from most media), so if you come across some obvious bugs please submit them so developers can get them fixed in future revisions.

Our intention with this tip is to give you a fix for aesthetics if you will be using the beta for a prolonged time and the send feedback link bothers you visually. Ultimately what we all want is a flawless-as-you-can-get Windows 7 final release later this year.

Written by Julio Franco

January 10th, 2009 at 6:36 am

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  1. thx — remeber having to do this on the 2600 build — being able to remove from registry and the send feedback — very cool — THX

    golephish

    10 Jan 09 at 12:41 pm

  2. Why does this “send feedback” link bother you? That’s a little picky if you ask me. That’s what this beta version is all about! It’s not like you are going to be able to use this beta version forever anyway so just leave it.

    What I don’t like about the send feedback link is that after sending your feedback you don’t have an confirmation that it was actually sent or even received by Microsoft. And, it doesn’t allow you to send screen shots which would be helpful in describing some of the problems with the new OS.

    Windows Dummie

    11 Jan 09 at 12:18 am

  3. many thanks :D

    marco

    12 Jan 09 at 12:41 am

  4. /”Our intention with this tip is to give you a fix for aesthetics if you will be using the beta for a prolonged time and the send feedback link bothers you visually. Ultimately what we all want is a flawless-as-you-can-get Windows 7 final release later this year.”/

    – This version is not intended for prolonged use and feedback is essential for the final product quality. I hope most of the users will consider it before removing this link. It’s the chance to impact Windows development the way you’d like.

    tom1827

    12 Jan 09 at 1:32 am

  5. In reply to windows dummy, when you send feedback to microsoft an icon appears in the system tray which tells you that your feedback has been received by Microsoft

    Windows Guru

    12 Jan 09 at 2:35 pm

  6. Sorry Tom1827, but it’s a bit like the UAC of vista… MS based its design on wrong assumptions about how users behave.

    Average Joe will not (should not) test Windows 7, and beta testers will just get annoyed of that obnoxious link on every window.

    ikshaar

    12 Jan 09 at 2:41 pm

  7. I agree with ikshaar. I am currently using the beta, but I am a developer. I believe you will see the same pattern amongst beta testers. They generally know how to fix system issues rather easily and are not worried about minor problems. For these types of people, the constant link in every window is sure to be a pain. It was annoying me because it wasn’t allowing me to click in that particular area of the window to drag. I would quickly try to drag a window, and boom. Feedback form. Microsoft should have replaced this link with a system tray icon that flashed with pop-up occasionaly requesting feedback. I would have felt this much less intrusive and would have been less likely to remove the link. I do send feedback. I definitely understand the need for feedback, but I do not have to have a constant reminder to egg me on. It’s the same as a bill collector. If they call every 30 minutes, are you going to answer the phone? Might you change your number? You know the bill is due and you know how to get in touch.

    Aaron

    14 Jan 09 at 11:39 pm

  8. There is a feedback shortcut on the desktop anyway.

    Windows Guru

    15 Jan 09 at 5:06 am

  9. Yes, but for us “windows dummies” it’s nice to have this “send feedback” in every window that is open so you can immediately tell Microsoft what’s wrong or what you would like changed with what you are currently working on. I kind of like that because I have short-term memory!

    Windows Dummie

    15 Jan 09 at 10:02 am

  10. @Windows Dummie:

    Thats precisely why removing it is an “OPTION” now that we know how, instead of being forced to stay with it if we dont want. If you do like it, then why are you reading a topic about removing it?

    fK

    forkicks

    16 Jan 09 at 11:28 am

  11. Ironically, I’ve been trying to submit feedback using the feedback tool, and been consistently denied by Microsoft. Apparently, you’re supposed to register for the Windows 7 program on Connect, except THAT’s not open to the public. I ended up disabling the feedback tool primarily because all the “Send Feedback” links were an annoying reminder that I’m unable to actually send any feedback to Microsoft.

    Stian Oksavik

    19 Jan 09 at 9:56 am

  12. the reason why i simply hate it is that it destroy the functionality of Google chrome, when you got the full bar of tabs

    noname

    20 Jan 09 at 11:29 am

  13. thanks nice one

    keith

    27 Jan 09 at 5:54 pm

  14. anyone getting a blue screen when shutting down using ati card

    golephish

    27 Jan 09 at 7:18 pm

  15. This worked Great!! on my Windows 7 7000 build on eeePC 1000H. Would recommend to others.

    Bryan

    23 Feb 09 at 1:00 pm

  16. I am curious to see what happens when I update the PC if it will end up messing something up in future updates

    Bryan

    23 Feb 09 at 1:01 pm

  17. Not sure why people are getting upset over the ‘Send Feedback’ link. Whether you’re a developer or not, 7 is still in beta stages and if you come across something that is an issue you have immediate access to the link. Bottom line, 7 is a beta version and isn’t ready for release. Get over having it on there or use the registry edit to remove it. Stop acting like MS Developers and Coders are idiots and know nothing.

    Nice little article btw.

    Michael

    16 Jun 09 at 10:26 pm

  18. the reason why i simply hate it is that it destroy the functionality of Google chrome, when you got the full bar of tabs

    simplyright

    29 Oct 09 at 8:57 pm

  19. I am curious to see what happens when I update the PC if it will end up messing something up in future updates

    CinseL Sohbet

    13 Jan 10 at 12:18 pm

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