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Where does Windows get information for the Most Frequently Used list?

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Where does Windows get information for the Most Frequently Used list?

jareds444
I'm trying to clean up some applications on machines in my company, and I'd like to remove licensed programs(visio, project, etc) from machines whose users haven't used them in the recent future or for a certain amount of time.

I know Windows XP shows how frequently applications have been used in the Add/Remove Programs list(rarely, frequently, never) and obviously Windows uses some metric to decide what order to put programs in the MFU portion of the Start menu.

Anyone know where this information is stored?

Thanks for any assistance!
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    jareds444

    Thanks for that, but I'm actually looking more for the information or registry keys that windows uses to populate the MFU list.

    I did find this article which describes what I'm looking for, but doesn't actually say where the "usage count" information is stored. That's what I'm looking for.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282462/EN-US/

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    It is possible to prevent individual applications from showing in the XP Recent Programs list or the Vista MFU list on the start menu. This requires a modification to the system registry. An example of how to prevent Internet Explorer from showing is given here:

    1. Always backup the system registry before making changes to it. Use a stand-alone utility such as ERUNT, create a restore point, or export the registry from regedit.
    2. Optionally, clear out the Recent Programs / MFU list, then run some apps, including IE, to make it show up in the list again.
    3. Use regedit.exe to find the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\iexplore.exe and create an empty string named NoStartPage there. Exit regedit.
    4. For the change to take effect, it is necessary to log out and back in or restart the system. Note that IE will still be on the list until all users log out.
    5. After logging back in, IE will be gone from the Recent Programs / MFU list. IE can be run from this point on and it will not show in the list.

    To prevent other applications from showing in the Recent Programs / MFU List, add the NoStartPage key to their registry entries at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\<appname>. To allow an application to again be displayed on the list, delete the NoStartPage key in the registry.

    But other than that, there is not much else.
    So, have a look (as above) in your registry, but make sure you BACK UP FIRST. :)

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    jareds444

    Thanks for that, but I'm actually looking more for the information or registry keys that windows uses to populate the MFU list.

    I did find this article which describes what I'm looking for, but doesn't actually say where the "usage count" information is stored. That's what I'm looking for.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282462/EN-US/

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    It is possible to prevent individual applications from showing in the XP Recent Programs list or the Vista MFU list on the start menu. This requires a modification to the system registry. An example of how to prevent Internet Explorer from showing is given here:

    1. Always backup the system registry before making changes to it. Use a stand-alone utility such as ERUNT, create a restore point, or export the registry from regedit.
    2. Optionally, clear out the Recent Programs / MFU list, then run some apps, including IE, to make it show up in the list again.
    3. Use regedit.exe to find the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\iexplore.exe and create an empty string named NoStartPage there. Exit regedit.
    4. For the change to take effect, it is necessary to log out and back in or restart the system. Note that IE will still be on the list until all users log out.
    5. After logging back in, IE will be gone from the Recent Programs / MFU list. IE can be run from this point on and it will not show in the list.

    To prevent other applications from showing in the Recent Programs / MFU List, add the NoStartPage key to their registry entries at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\<appname>. To allow an application to again be displayed on the list, delete the NoStartPage key in the registry.

    But other than that, there is not much else.
    So, have a look (as above) in your registry, but make sure you BACK UP FIRST. :)