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  1.    20 Feb 2017 #1

    How to disable run dialog history? (disable, not empty)


    How do I prevent windows from keeping a history of commands typed in the Run dialog box?

    I mean DISABLE not empty. The entries are in
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

    Is there a .reg to disable it?
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  2.    20 Feb 2017 #2

    Hi, as a guess, you might try changing the permissions on
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

    A quick internet search (see my signature!) offers this (see second part on permissions)
    Tweak the History in the Run Dialog Box in Windows
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  3.    20 Feb 2017 #3

    I saw that.
    Somehow in Windows 7 I managed to make windows not log those entries with some setting/config.
    Now in Windows 10 it is logging them on that MRU key.

    Isn't there a .reg key or a .vbs/.cmd script to do all that parmission stuff?

    I mean, If I have to manually to registry and change that key permission I rather leave it as is.
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  4.    20 Feb 2017 #4

    Well, you could write a script to make the change....
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  5.    20 Feb 2017 #5

    Martinz said: View Post
    How do I prevent windows from keeping a history of commands typed in the Run dialog box?

    I mean DISABLE not empty. The entries are in
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

    Is there a .reg to disable it?
    Settings/Personalization/Start/'Show most used apps' - uncheck.
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  6.    20 Feb 2017 #6

    Edwin said: View Post
    Settings/Personalization/Start/'Show most used apps' - uncheck.
    Perfect! That is what I was looking for. Now I just need a .reg for that setting
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  7.    20 Feb 2017 #7

    Martinz said: View Post
    Perfect! That is what I was looking for. Now I just need a .reg for that setting
    Set the setting then go and export the empty RunMRU Key to use at will.
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #8

    Martinz said: View Post
    Perfect! That is what I was looking for. Now I just need a .reg for that setting
    Here's how to find out what you need (I doubt someone's going to give you that).

    1. Get a copy of Regshot (free)
    2. Run it, create first capture.
    3. Make change as Edwin describes.
    4. Create 2nd capture.
    5. Compare

    The result shows you what's changed.
    Therefore you can save the relevant registry key for future use.
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #9

    I tried it before you post.
    Unfortunately the regshot comparison output is huge. I couldn't get the specific key from it.
    Event though the difference/time the snapshots is a simple click on the "apply"
    Last edited by Martinz; 21 Feb 2017 at 06:40.
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #10

    I always use procmon.

    Seems to be the Start_TrackProgs DWORD at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Off is zero.
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