In another post someone asked the question: How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List? (Since manually deleting them will only get them back on once the program is started again.)
The sole answer gave a suggestion to "switch the feature off".
This answer though useful to some is not to me. Those programs which are indeed often used are on the desktop via a shortcut. Those on the start menu, are programs not often used or perhaps only used this week, then not used for 2 months, then used again later once.
Therefore, as the reader suggested, to then, after turning the feature off and adding links to the programs you do want there manually doesn't do it since I may not want them there 'next week' nor do I like the idea of me having to manually add them and manually remove them all the time.
In Windows XP there used to be a little Microsoft program called TweakUI (Power Toys) that would do exactly that--controlled which programs could go there and which could not. Considering that TweakUi was originally made for the 1st or 2nd Windows version (before Windows 95)
I hesitate to use it again for Windows 7. Does anyone have a suggestion?