Windows XP recently used programs menu
Posted on 2008-06-13
I am building images for use in an academic lab environment at my site. Because faculty have designed their curriculum around the systems we have on campus, consistency is key. One of the most annoying problems we run into is the recently used programs menu in Windows XP under the XP theme.
XP builds this list by placing the most frequently used applications on the top of the list as opposed to just a static history of apps. So, if we accidentally remove one of the apps from the list or run one of the apps out of order, we have to manually launch the applications until they're set properly.
I've been looking into the registry for a way to manually sort this list but have been unable to so far. I'm looking for something I can run via batch file (either a reg key that I can modify or a 3rd party utility w/ command line switches) during our image cleanup but if you've got any possible solutions, let me hear it! =)