Delete the recent file list from windows using Registry ?


To prevent Windows from storing the history altogether,you have to right-click on Start, go to Properties again and click on the Start Menu tab. This time dont click on Customize! You will see under the Privacy section a checkbox for Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar. This feature is useful if you regularly play certain files, but you may want to clear the list if you share the computer and a user account or create archives and CDs.



Step 1 : Start the Windows Registry Editor, regedit.exe, by typing regedit in the Windows Run Command Line.


Step 2 : Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPlayerRecentFileList.


Step 3 : Delete the RecentFileList subkey.


Step 4 : If you’ve also streamed content from the Internet, you can delete the RecentURLList subkey.


Step 5 : Exit the Registry Editor.


Step 6 : Restart the computer.


Note : To keep certain files in the list, don’t delete the entire key. Deleting individual entries within the key will get rid of the files that you no longer want in the Recent File List.




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