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Hello
 I was reading the article Q_20794666.html#9725643 about clearing your temp files with a script. Thie article was very helpful but I need one more area to clear. Is there a way to clear the Start-Run box of the files you have opened with a script?
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Dan
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The follow Windows script will clear the Start-Run most recently used (MRU) list.  Save this as a VBS file and run it whenever you want.  The list appears cleared after logging back in.

Dim WshShell, MRUList, x, TempChar
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

MRUList = WshShell.RegRead("HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU\MRUlist")
'wscript.echo MRUList

for x = 1 to len(MRUList)
      TempChar = mid(MRUList, x, 1)
      WshShell.RegDelete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU\" & TempChar
next

WshShell.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU\MRUlist", "", "REG_SZ"
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Hello

 This script does work after logging back in. When you go through the task bar properties and clear the list, you do not have to log out. The list is cleared right then. I would like to do it like Windows does without a logout. How does Windows do it? I am using XP.
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For the research I have done, all of the stated ways of clearing that MRU list is by deleting the registry values that are deleted with that script.  I agree, I have seen tools that clear the MRU without a logout/login, but I could not find a Windows API call to do that.
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