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Friday, April 12, 2013

How to Delete Run History List in Windows XP on Reboot

Remove recently used history from "Run" menu and other places where Windows XP stores the most recently used documents history.
Sometimes we need to cover our tracks pretty badly. It's ok, if we at the time of turning off the computer clear everything but to err is human we will eventually forget it one time or the other unless and until you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD (Google for more info. on OCD).
So it is a very good idea to automate the task so as you won't ever have to do that cleaning the mess again and you will never even miss the daily housekeeping required. All you need is a single reboot and everything is taken care of after that.
Coming to the actual task of doing it in real, below are the following steps:


The steps are pretty much simple. Just follow simple instructions and you are good to go.
1. Click on Start and Run. Alternatively, you can press WinKey + R.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer
3. On the right side column find the key "ClearRecentDocsOnExit"
4. Double click on it and type value as 1.
5. Make sure "Hexadecimal" radio box is selected and click OK
6. Close the Registry Editor and reboot.
7. Task DONE!!

From now on every time you restart your computer or laptop, all recently used commands, history lists will be deleted.

Note : This does not apply to Internet Explorer or any other browser's cookies and history deletion.

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