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Recent run history (Windows run history)

Windows stores a list of programs you have run using the Run option (Run dialog box).
Windows Start Menu contains a list of recently run programs which will be shown once Start button is clicked.

Why you should clean recently run history

Anyone who has access to your computer can see the list of programs that you've run. To protect your privacy you should clean run history regularly.


How to clean run history

Windows Run history (Run command history)
Windows Run history is the history of files and programs you have run using the 'Run' command. You can easily Run history in the Windows Start menu by selecting 'Start' -> 'Run'.

Windows Run history location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU.
To protect your privacy, you can clean run history


How to clean your Run history (Run command history)
To clean Run history:
• Click the 'Start' button.
• Select 'Run'.
• Start the registry editor (regedit.exe) - in the text field type regedit and press 'Enter'
• Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU
On the right panel you will see the list of programs that you have run using the 'Run' command.
• Right-click on the program you want to delete and click 'Delete' or select Edit -> Delete.
• Click Yes for confirmation.
• Close the registry editor.
Clean Run History Note: You will need to restart your computer to apply changes.
Clean Run HistoryAttention: Do not edit any registry entries unless you are certain that you know what you are doing as you can potentially corrupt your operating system.

Windows Start Menu Run history (recently opened programs)
Every time you open a program from the Start menu, the date and number of times you used it is stored in an encrypted database. If you don't clear UserAssist data, it can compromise your privacy and security and increase the number of entries in the registry slowing Windows down.
You can easily clean 'Start Menu' open programs history (Windows Explorer UserAssist Data).

Windows keeps full run history under the key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist

The Windows Vista Start Menu contains a list of recently run programs (Vista Recent run list) which will be shown once the Start button is clicked. Whenever users run a program, Vista will keep tracks of this information and build a list of recently run applications and rank them according how frequently the program has been accessed and used. This recently and frequently run programs list provides users with easy to access shortcut to quickly open and run programs.
Generally, the Windows Vista Start Menu contains by default 9 recently run programs.

Windows Start Menu Run history (recently opened programs)
To clean Run history on Vista (clean Vista Start menu 'Recent run programs list')
• Click the 'Start' button.
• Select 'Settings'.
• Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties'.
• Open the 'Start menu' tab.
• Click 'Customize'.
• To clear recently run programs click the 'Clear' button.
• Click 'OK' to clear the Start menu run history.

How to clean Run history in the Start menu on Windows XP
To clean Windows XP Run history (Clear recently run programs list)
• Right-click on the 'Start' button.
• Select 'Properties'.
• Open the 'Start menu' tab.
• Click 'Customize'.
• To clear recently run programs click the 'Clear' button.
• Click 'OK' to clean Start menu run history.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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