How to clear run history in Windows

Clear run history

How to clear run history in Windows

Windows Start Menu contains a list of recently run programs which will be shown once the Start button is clicked. Whenever users run programs, Windows will keep tracks of this information, build a list of recently run programs and rank them according to how frequently the programs are used. By default, Windows Start Menu contains 9 recently run programs.

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

If you don't clear UserAssist data, it can compromise your privacy and security and increase the number of entries in the registry slowing down your computer performance.

How do I clear run history on the Start menu in Vista

To clear Run history in Vista (clear Start menu run history)
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 Start menu run history.

How do I clear run history on Start menu in Windows XP?

To clear run history in Windows XP (recent run programs):
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 clear Start menu run history.

How can I clear Run history (Clear Run command history)?

Windows saves a list of programs you type in the 'Run' dialog box.
Windows Run history is the history of files and programs you have run using the 'Run' command. Run history is stored under the Windows 'Start' -> 'Run'.

Windows Run history is stored in the registry in location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU.

To protect your privacy, you can clear run history.

To clear an entry from the 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.

Note: you will need to restart your computer to apply changes.

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.

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