If I go to Start > Run and type d:, the autocomplete list is populated with lots of files which have long since been deleted from d: and that I have never run via Start > Run (should not be in MRU). How can I refresh this list?

I'm guessing it's using the Indexing Service or something, but can anyone point to official documentation?

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Two ways to do this.

Carpet bomb method.

Right click taskbar, then Properties. Clear the Recently Run programs box and hit OK.

Registry key method.


The official docs....

Hummm. . . . . . http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Clear-the-Run-history-on-the-Start-menu

They even give you pretty colors.

  • Or a third method: CCleaner: piriform.com/CCLEANER Though it cleans other stuff, too.
    – TFM
    Jul 24, 2011 at 20:34
  • Yeah, there are literally 1000 ways to skin this cat. . .
    – surfasb
    Jul 24, 2011 at 20:37

I found what I was looking for after I looked at @surfasb's suggestion.


I can selectively delete the files that are missing from there, or I can delete them all or via the file ext subkeys.

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