Today tip will help
you to manage the list of most often accessed programs in windows XP and
2003. You can stop any specific computer programs which are appearing on
most frequent list of start menu. For example if you want, your windows
media player is never showing on the most frequent programs list when
you play any movie, so you can hide this entry from others using
these settings. Your family members and
co-workers can find out your programs browsing activities with clicking
on documents list menu. However this tip is very useful for you, if you
are sharing your computer with others or you do not want that other
persons know about your last visited documents history. To clear the
history of any specific program automatically, edit the computer
Follow the given steps for configuration to
stop any particular program to appear in frequently used programs list:
To edit the computer registry, first you should log onto your
computer with administrative rights.
Start button and type regedit in Run option then
press Enter for next.
Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\Program
are the executable file names for others commonly used programs:
For MS Word
For MS Excel =
For Explorer = iexplorer.exe
For Media Player = wmplayer.exe
In this case, we are trying to control windows media player
is never showing on the most frequent used program list when we play any
Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\wmplayer.exe
Now in right side panel, click right to create a
String value with the name NoStartPage and close registry
But next time, if you want to disable this functionality then
simply delete the NoStartPage string item.
Now close the registry editor and restart your
computer after any changes to go into effect.