Windows 7: How to Enable the Run Command and Disable the Send Feedback Feature
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jan 2009
The following tutorial is meant to teach you how to enable the Run command in the recently released Windows 7 Beta 1 operating system, as well as teach you how to take that annoying send Feedback link that Microsoft has included in pretty much every nook and cranny of the OS. I will admit that since this is a early Beta build, Microsoft is very much interested in what you think, but I am sure there are plenty of other ways you could provide your feedback.

The Run command was conveniently placed in the Start menu in Windows XP; in Vista and Windows 7 Beta 1 it is not placed there by default, which is aggravating for people that are testing the Windows 7 Beta on Windows XP powered machines. If you want to get the Run functionality directly into the Start menu, just follow this step by step guide:

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- Right click on the start menu -> Properties ->Start Menu -> Customize
- You are now in the Customize window. Locate the Run command option and check it.
- Click OK to save the modifications you just made.

If you have properly followed these instructions, then you should see the Run command in the Start menu. In case you are the keyboard for blondes kind of person, the Start button is the one with the Microsoft logo on it. And now that you have easy access to Run, here is what you have to do to remove the Send Feedback link included in every Windows 7 application and windows:

- Start -> Run -> type in regedit to access the Registry Editor.
- Once in the Registry Editor, locate the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
- Do you see the FeedbackToolEnabled entry? Double click the DWORD value and set it to 0.
- Close the Registry Editor and reboot your machine.

If you would like to take this Windows 7 customization, perhaps you would be interested in some hidden and new Windows 7 themes.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta 1
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