The Start menu in Windows XP features the most frequently
used programs list, which is designed to provide you with quick access to the
programs you use the most.

To configure this feature, XP only provides you with two
controls: the ability to completely clear the list and the ability to specify
the maximum number of programs that can appear on this list at any one time.
However, you may also want to prevent certain applications, such as Calculator
and Notepad, from appearing on the list.

Fortunately, you can prevent an application from appearing
in the Start menu’s most frequently used programs list by adding a special key
to the registry. Here’s how:

  1. Launch
    the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Go
    to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications.
  3. Right-click
    the Applications key and select New | Key.
  4. Name
    the key the same name as the application’s executable file.
  5. Right-click
    your new key and select New | String Value.
  6. Name
    the string value NoStartPage.
  7. Close
    the Registry Editor.
  8. Reboot
    or log off and log back on for the change to take effect.

Note: Since editing the registry is risky, be sure
you have a verified backup before saving any changes.

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