How to clear the history in Run on the Start menu in Windows 7/Windows Vista (Easy Fix Article)

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Why can't I delete the history in "Run" on the Start menu in Windows 7/Windows Vista? Especially for those commands that have not been used for a long time?


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Windows 7 Scenario

Please remember that in Windows 7, clearing the history in "Run" will also clear the record of recently opened programs on the Start menu.

First, right click "Start", then click “Properties”.


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Uncheck the "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu", when done, click "Apply".


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Recheck the "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu", and then click "Apply".


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History in "Run" is now cleared.


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Windows Vista Scenario


Though you can also use the above steps to clear the history in "Run" in Windows Vista, however, a better way is available in Windows Vista for you to clear "Run" history while keeping the record of recently opened programs. First, click "Start", button, then click "Control Panel".


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Click "Network and Internet,


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then Click " Internet options".


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Click "Delete".


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Check "History", "Download history" and "Form data", when done, click "Delete".


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Article ID: 2705147 - Last Review: March 29, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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