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Since there's no longer a taskbar/start menu Control Panel, how do you clear the history of the Run box in Windows 8?

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there is still a Control panel btw... – MimiEAM Oct 27 '12 at 14:11
@MimiEAM I never said there isn't. I said there's no Taskbar/Start Menu Control Panel. – David Pfeffer Oct 28 '12 at 12:27
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Following are the steps to clear history of the Run box:

  1. Go to the Start screen, and type regedit and open click on regedit to open the Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU
  3. On the right of the screen, there are keys that contain the recently entered commands on the Run Box. Delete the ones that you want to delete Registry Editor
  4. Log off and Log back on.

That should delete history from the Run menu.

The UI Way to delete History

  1. Type Clear History in the Search box. Then click on Settings on the Charms menu Select Delete Search History
  2. Finally select Delete History to clear the history Delete History

However, that method deletes more than just the search history of Run Box. It also deletes history from other applications like File Explorer.

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There's really no actual UI way to do this? – David Pfeffer Oct 27 '12 at 13:50
There is actually a UI way to delete history. Please see the edited answer. – Rakib Ansary Oct 27 '12 at 13:58
It should be accepted, the edit make it worth :) – avirk Oct 27 '12 at 14:09

You can use CCleaner to erase the run history.

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I hate "tools", but ccleaner is really good! – davidbaumann Feb 11 '14 at 16:26

Just like in Windows 7 the easiest way to do this is using CCleaner.

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Empty the registry key out:


This will kill the typed Run history.

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This did it for me

rundll32 inetcpl.cpl ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

Clear History From the Command Line

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For some reason the run box history is cleared via clearing Internet Explorer history. In IE, press ctrl+shift+del, and clear your history.

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