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    Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

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    by bad_dog ·

    I am using Windows XP professional on my home computer. When I click “Start” then click on “Run” a dialogbox opens. When I start to type in the input area it automatically provides choices.
    for example if I type “H”
    a list appears like this:
    http://techrepublic.com.com/2001-1-0.html
    http://www.msn.com
    http://amch.questionmarket.com

    I want to hide the choices or delete them. In Windows 2000 professional this can be taken care of in the taskbar properties dialog box by simply clicking on the “Clear” button on the advanced tab. Doing this in XP Professional just deletes the My Documents history.

    Thanks

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    • #3312882

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      by statykserver ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      Give this a try. Right click Internet explorer and delete all the offline temporary files, cookies and history. Now when you click on run and type h you won’t see anything at all.

      wierd but true

      • #3312881

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        by statykserver ·

        In reply to Reply To: Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

        Right click internet explorer “internet options” and then delete all the temp files

      • #3312786

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        by bad_dog ·

        In reply to Reply To: Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

        I already tried this. It doesn’t work. I know I can clear the histroy by clicking on the tools/internet options and deleting history and this will clear the list. But I don’t want to get rid of the history.

    • #3312835

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      by razz2 ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      Those are in the following registry key:

      HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersi
      on\Explorer\RunMRU

      There is no key that disables them that I know of (there is for
      recent docs), but you could manually empty them and then
      export the empty key. To clear them just double click the export
      to reload it empty.

      • #3312787

        Reply To: Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

        by bad_dog ·

        In reply to Reply To: Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

        ok I went to the registry key and all I saw was a
        Name Type Data
        (default) REG_SZ (value not set)

        I right clicked on RunMRU and exported it. When I tried to delete (default) I got a message that said “Unable to delete all specified values”
        When I went back to the dialog box and typed in “H” everything was still there.
        I’ve never used the registry editor before so maybe I didn’t get it right

        Any other suggestions?

    • #3312834

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      by rewrite ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      There are some 3rd party apps to manage this or you can get tweakui. On the Paranoid tab you have the option to clear many of the mru lists on each logon.

      Other than this you can manually delete the list by editing the registry by going to the following key:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

      and deleting all the entries.

      Cheers.

      RW

    • #3312772

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      by edlockett ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      Get Tweak UI.

      Tweak UI is available for download from the microsoft site.

      It will allow you to clear your run history.

      But to be quite honest I can’t see how this is a problem. Why do you choose start>run and then type ‘h’ anyway?

    • #3312762

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      by dkzgambo ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      why dont u just clear ur history and start afresh?

    • #3312761

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      by dkzgambo ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      why dont u just clear ur history and start afresh?

    • #3312597

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      by rewrite ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      If you cannot delete them through the registry you can clear them through the start menu itself.

      Right-click on the start menu, click on Properties from the pop-up menu, click on Customize next to the Start Menu item, click on the Advanced tab, click on the Clear List button (toward the bottom of the dialog). If you want to have the most recent documents cleared also make sure the checkbox for that is checked, otherwise clear that checkbox.

      That’s it.

      RW

    • #3313260

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      by jonno112 ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      The easiest way to remove your history and everything else that bothers you.

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      This program is small and very easy to use, install it, run it, on the left is what it will remove and on the right click on run it.

      Thats it.

      The program also does other things, but i use it to clear where i have been.

      I tried the reg hack and denied the permissions on the MRU file in the reg, for some reason it didn’t work.

      Good luck.

    • #3313245

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      by statykserver ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      This is what you originally asked for help on ….
      Original from Bad_dog
      I want to hide the choices or delete them. In Windows 2000 professional this can be taken care of in the taskbar properties dialog box by simply clicking on the “Clear” button on the advanced tab. Doing this in XP Professional just deletes the My Documents history.

      And my answer

      Statyk
      Give this a try. Right click Internet explorer and delete all the offline temporary files, cookies and history. Now when you click on run and type h you won’t see anything at all.

      wierd but true

      statykserver 5K+ TechPoints Date: 11/10/04 Status: Rejected

      Comment from statykserver on 11/10/04:
      Right click internet explorer “internet options” and then delete all the temp files

      Comment from bad_dog on 11/10/04:
      I already tried this. It doesn’t work. I know I can clear the histroy by clicking on the tools/internet options and deleting history and this will clear the list. But I don’t want to get rid of the history.

      ************************************************************************************8

      Now how could you have already tried this and say it doesn’t work??? Because if you did do it it would certainly fix your problem. If you really don’t want to delete your history then just add them to a new folder under your favorites called “History” …. that way you won’t lose anything in your history and you can then clear everything like I told you and end up with a solution to your problem.

    • #3311430

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      by rindi1 ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      You could create a batch file which you can run whenever you want to clear the cache of your last run command tasks:

      reg delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU /va /f

      (should all be on one line).

      This would do the same as the above answer, except for exporting (export just saves the entries to a file in case you want to restore them to the registry). You might have to run it as administrator, maybe that was the reason you couldn’t delete anything using regedit.

    • #3312079

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      by rewrite ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

      Dude. Then your xp install is broken. If you right-click the task bar and follow the instructions from my previous answer it will clear the following items:

      -the recent documents history (if checked),
      -the entries under Start-RUN dialog,
      -open/save as (Common Dialog) boxes dropdown file lists,
      -the typed URLs in the Internet Explorer Address bar

      This does work because I have done it many times and it does clear the above lists. Maybe you should think about a repair if your system is not working properly. If you only want to clear the run dialog then as stated in all the posts you can either edit the registry (there are many good articles about how to properly edit the registry and many good books) or you can install tweakui (even though we all know you hate to do this).

      There are your options. Use them or ignore them.

      Cheers.

      RW

    • #3293283

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      by bad_dog ·

      In reply to Disable type ahead in “Run” start menu

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