Clearing the Windows XP Map Network Drive’s MRU list

If you frequently use the Map Network Drive command in Windows XP, you probably have a lot of network paths displaying in the MRU (Most Recently Used) list, which appears in the Folder dropdown menu. If so, you may at some point in time want to clear that list — especially if it contains UNC paths that you no longer use. Here's how to clear the Map Network Drive's MRU list:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Map Network Drive MRU.
  3. One-by-one, delete each string value associated with a drive mapping by selecting it and pressing the Delete key. (Each entry will have the name of a letter of the alphabet, e.g. a, b, c, etc.)
  4. Double-click on the entry titled MRUList to open the Edit String dialog box.
  5. Delete the text in the Value Data text box and click OK.
  6. Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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