Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. November 5, 2003
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Clearing the Run Menu
You've probably noticed that when you use the Run command, all the recent commands you've typed are stored in the drop-down menu. If you ever have a desire to do away with these old commands, and you don't mind doing a little Registry editing, you can get rid of them. (Note: As always, we recommend first backing up your Registry files--User.dat and System.dat, hidden files on the root of your hard drive.)
First, start the Registry Editor by going to Start, Run and typing
Then navigate to
From here, you can select any of the individual commands (look at the Value column to see which is which) and press Delete to get rid of them. Note that you should never delete the keys labeled (Default) or MRUList from the list. When you're finished, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.