How to remove Windows 7 Beta 'Send Feedback' link

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.

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I did the opposite. I left the "Send Feedback" alone cause I am actually sending a lot back, but I did remove the Win7 watermark in the corner.

Anyone having issues removing the watermark with that app? I tried running as admin and running as admin in Safemode and it tells me I need to run as admin. Wierd.

Yup, that's the idea behind Beta software...to use it and not even consider offering any feedback.

If you find it "annoying" that Microsoft would hope to get some feedback on their BETA software here's an even better tip: Don't install beta software. THAT should be the headline here...

C_Guy said,
Yup, that's the idea behind Beta software...to use it and not even consider offering any feedback.

If you find it "annoying" that Microsoft would hope to get some feedback on their BETA software here's an even better tip: Don't install beta software. THAT should be the headline here...


There are several other ways of sending feedback besides the link on the titlebars of EVERY window. The fact is that the placement of the link there is annoying since it is far too easy to accidentally hit it when going to minimize a window. Had they moved it to the left side of the titlebar, then it wouldn't have been as annoying.

Public betas are available for everyone. Some people want to send feedback, other people just want to start familiarizing themselves with the new OS. Whats wrong with that? Anyway, feedback can easily be submitted without the annoying link on every window. I've clicked it a few times by mistake while trying to move windows. Gone... Thanks for the news post!

What's wrong with that is that it takes a key away (and there are a lot of people who need keys) from people who will actually contribute something back to the program and Microsoft, rather than just "familiarizing themselves with the new OS."

billyea said,
What's wrong with that is that it takes a key away (and there are a lot of people who need keys) from people who will actually contribute something back to the program and Microsoft, rather than just "familiarizing themselves with the new OS."

No, the keys are not unique, and they are leaving the Public Beta open instead of waiting for the 2.5Million DL limit.

I misbelieve(!) that statement about "unique Producy Keys." A key WILL activate multiple copies, and duplicate keys were still being given out as late as Noon today, in spite of what M$ says on the subject. That being the case, it's certain a key will activate multiple installations; the key I got (and used) is exactly the same as one I saw posted on a board yesterday.

Keys will activate either 32-bit or 64-bit software- a statement I've seen in several places on various Microsoft websites and in their forums, and which I also found to be true (I activated a 64-bit installation with a 32-bit key).

The truth is, M$ has absolutely NO IDEA how many copies of Windows 7 are floating around out there, and the balls-up they've made of the key situation absolutely guarantees the number of copies ultimately activated will be astronomical.

In the long run, they'll benefit from it; interest among both professionals and the general public is much higher than Vista ever got, and the good comments on the boards will guarantee success for Windows 7 when it's released for sale. Who knows, they could even get some truly useful feedback from one or more of those quasi-pirated installations. Vista is DOOMED- and the sooner, the better.

That's my take on it. YMMV, of course.

Bassoonigator said,
The truth is, M$ has absolutely NO IDEA how many copies of Windows 7 are floating around out there, and the balls-up they've made of the key situation absolutely guarantees the number of copies ultimately activated will be astronomical.

Customer experience program.

he didn't say to delete the "Send feedback" link that is on the desktop. If the window crashes that you're in then the feed back link in that window is useless. I could not click the Feedback link when the brand new printer I installed froze during install. It froze during SNMP detection. So I then was forced to use the feeback link that was on the desktop. So yes, the feedback link on top of every page doesn't have much use, though yes there may be some cases that it may be usefull.

I'll never understand why people insist on pretending beta software is NOT beta software..... if you're not going to give feedback on the OS, why do you even have it?? i mean for cripes sake, they're letting everyone and their mother download Beta ONE....... which they've NEVER done in the past..... the least you guys could do is show a little respect for the company and give MS your thoughts on making it better.... cuz lord knows, if it sucks, you'll never let them live it down....

One word... cheapskates. They get the latest and greated OS for free. At least until it expires and they're forced to either remove it, for find the released version cracked. At least they'll only be getting this one build officially, whereas the real beta testers will get several.

And the people that don't send feedback will probably the same people that complain if the issue still hasn't been fixed when the retail version is released.

xiphi said,
Would be funny if MS "fixed" hack this with an update.


It's not a hack, Microsoft designed that registry entry to be able to turn the link on or off.

I am sure the next beta will not be that far away, then all the complaining will begin all over again. I have got my 32 bit key but still downloading, probably for anther 2-3 days I will be using the feedback option even though I intend to use as main operating system. (I remember myself posting about a month or so ago that I would never install a beta as my main OS, I surprised myself with changing my mind but reading comments everywhere over the last month I changed my mind). Feedback is good.

These are the same type of people that get Alpha's & Beta's of games just so they can play them and not to send feedback.

It's not that ugly with the link on the windows, it's there to make the BETA TESTER's job easier in sending feedback. This is a very stupid news post...

why would you do this? the whole point of a beta is to send in feedback, why would you remove this feature? jeeze, has e-peen seriously got that bad?

There is an app that can remove these for you, plus a few other useful things, but I don't think I'm allowed to link it here :/

Would stop people bitching about wasting keys too

It's a beta. If you don't want to test it you shouldn't bother installing it. The feedback link makes it easier to report a problem with the window you clicked it from.

I used this method when I first got my Beta from TechNet because for some reason it won't let me send feedback through that link or the Send Feedback link in the Start Menu.

I have a TechNet key and cannot submit feedback. Once I login with my windows live details, it says

"The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavialable."

I have been trying for a couple of days so I suspect only Connect users can submit bugs.

AndyJD said,
Yes, I am a TechNet subscriber and requested the key from the same page that you download from.

me too. I enter in my Windows Live ID and it won't let me submit bugs...their loss. I promptly removed every send feedback option ::evil::

I don't understand why people are complaining.

People who want to send feedback will send feedback. People who don't wont.

During Vista's beta period I sent at least a dozen reports despite removing all visible links to the reporting tools. In the past 8 hrs I've sent three feedback items in 7 despite removing all feedback links.

Not the same mate, the link collects information from the open windows so it is much more relevant when you send feedback regarding some issue you encountered.

Microsoft is giving out this beta so that they can get feedback on it. The way I see it, that's part of the deal. You get a free OS for a while, and they get some feedback every now and again.

The idea presented here may only spread the idea that "oh but there's an icon on the desktop too, so it doesn't matter", which would be bad. That's why I think this is wrong. The article should at least explain that those "annoying" links are providing better information to Microsoft out of the box.

I don't think that a tech site like neowin, should offer these options, especially as news.

The whole point of the feedback link is to improve Win7 RTM, Neowin should encourage feedback not provide ways to ignore.

Same goes about Techspot.

Commenter #5 couldn't have put it better.

We are not encouraging users to not submit feedback, if they didn't want to then they simply wouldn't. But this is meant to be more of a fix for aesthetics if you will be using this beta for a prolonged time and the send feedback link bothers you visually.

Submitting feedback is certainly encouraged on this site and on TechSpot, ultimately what we all want is a flawless-as-you-can-get Windows 7 final release.

JulioFranco said,
Commenter #5 couldn't have put it better.

We are not encouraging users to not submit feedback, if they didn't want to then they simply wouldn't. But this is meant to be more of a fix for aesthetics if you will be using this beta for a prolonged time and the send feedback link bothers you visually.

Submitting feedback is certainly encouraged on this site and on TechSpot, ultimately what we all want is a flawless-as-you-can-get Windows 7 final release.


You're worries about aesthetics of the BETA operating system?

but what's the point of beta if you don't send feedback?

give me the bloody key if you aren't fully commited to beta testing!

There is a shortcut on the desktop to send feedback, and you can also do it from the control panel. Having that on every window is not very pretty.

Does it serve a function, like reporting an issue with that particular window/app?
If so, then I could see a point to having it there.

DARKFiB3R said,
There is a shortcut on the desktop to send feedback, and you can also do it from the control panel. Having that on every window is not very pretty.

Does it serve a function, like reporting an issue with that particular window/app?
If so, then I could see a point to having it there.


Yes. That's exactly what it's for. Try clicking on it before you remove it?

DARKFiB3R said,
There is a shortcut on the desktop to send feedback, and you can also do it from the control panel. Having that on every window is not very pretty.

Does it serve a function, like reporting an issue with that particular window/app?
If so, then I could see a point to having it there.


I believe Bradon has inferred before that if an app is hanged, to click its send feedback link so I would assume that it does send more specific information about the window.

GreyWolfSC said,
Yes. That's exactly what it's for. Try clicking on it before you remove it? :)

I removed it over a week ago.