How to Disable the Most Recently Used (MRU) List and Delete MRU Entries in Windows XP

April 22, 2018


Data privacy is becoming a big issue nowadays. Especially with shared computers, it becomes important to have some way of keeping private data secure and inaccessible. Because of this, many operating systems already offer built-in security measures that can create separate password protected accounts for different users, or even simply password protect specific files or folders. Most internet browsers also offer the option of clearing private data accumulated from browsing sessions, such as website history, cookies, and so on.

However, there is another, less obvious way of sneaking a peek at private information: MRU or most recently used lists. These lists are implemented by many programs, and keep track of which items have been most recently accessed on the computer. While this was intended to simply be a convenient feature to grant easy access to recently used items, they also represent a moderate vulnerability. That is, these MRU lists, if left filled, enable other users to possible look at the details of what one has been working on, what documents have been accessed recently, and so on.

For those who do not use these MRU lists and would like to disable them, the first step is to stop the creation of new entries on these lists. In Windows XP, this can be done by editing the registry. (A note of caution: editing the registry incorrectly may cause serious problems for the operating system. Be sure to double check each step of the process, and be extra careful whenever working with the registry.)

Click Start, then Run, and type “regedit”. After clicking OK, the Registry Editor will open. Look for the entry

“HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesComdlg32”. If this entry is not found, meaning that it does not yet exist, create it by clicking to the Policies key. Then go to the Edit menu, select New (then select Key), type in “comdlg32” and press Enter.

Once the “Comdlg32” key is created, go to the Edit menu and select New again. This time, select DWORD Value. In the entry box that pops up, type in “nofilemru” and click OK or press Enter. Finally, go to the Edit menu again, select Modify, type in 1, and press Enter. Then the registry editing is finished, and no more new MRU entries are going to be created.

For those entries that have already been created and are already on the MRU list, it is necessary to download MRU deletion utilities. There are several options available on the internet for download, of varying sizes and feature packages. Some of these utilities would also be able to detect and delete browsing histories, browser caches, and cookies, along with MRU items. Others are smaller and to the point, deleting only MRU entries for specific programs. Depending on one’s particular need, one should select the proper MRU deletion software. The use of these programs is typically described either in an online help file or within the program itself, while it is running.

Use of these MRU deletion programs, after disabling the MRU list in the registry, will ensure that no information would be available to others through MRU items.


  • Razi Bouallegui April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    guys whenever i send a song to my sd card it works properly at the beginning but when i send another one both of them get corrupted why does this happen ?

  • Anurag Mishra Mainpuri April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Give me number sir my whats app 7500872570my drive is recovery but file not support

  • Starr Renteria April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    My sd card was working fine in my camera, I inserted into my computer Mackbook pro and nothing is popping up. I tried my other sd cards and those are working just fine. This one sd card now doesn't work when I place back in to card it just shows that E and no memory card inside. Am I able to retrieve images

  • YourGlamorousLatina April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    i need help i have a macbook and my sd card isnt even showing up

  • Karan Vala April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Will it work even if the sd card is not detected??

  • psygirl26 April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I would like to really thank you for this as I have tried other programs but this method found all the other photos which could not be found with other softwares. Thanks a lot!! It does take some time to install ubuntu but at the end of the day it is worth the wait as it finds anything you had on your sd card!

  • Maehwish Butool April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    My sd card is corruptted and has more than 1000 pics.. nd its unable to format also.. please help

  • Francis Lam April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    A ray in the dark.
    Will try tonight
    Blessing me~~~~~~~~~ 

  • Josh Bartek April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    How do you install it I don't want to install it wrong and screw up my windows 7

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    It depends – the corruption could be the entire file and then it wont work, or it may just be a part that's only important to Windows based operating systems and then it might.

  • RrandomzZ April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Will this work for SD cards that has corrupted files? I can see them i just cannot open them, I believe my sd card is a fake 🙁

  • Kriston S April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Fuckkk. Would it kill ppl to utter a few words when they're making these kind of vids. Jeezz.

  • tenzing sherpa April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Fuck u mother fucker

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    This method might work – it doesnt matter that its from a phone, but this method doesnt work for everything – just when the data is corrupted enough that Windows wont recognize it, but the data is still good when read by a different operating system

    How hot does the card get? I had one that was hot enough to burn – had a crack in it which must have shorted out something inside.

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Open the image file in a program such as "imgburn" which is free and follow the steps the program gives you to burn a CD.

  • Rae Soo April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    which one of the files am i downloading and how do i burn it to a "Live CD"??? Thanks

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    They have updated Ubuntu several times since this video was made, there is a link to download the version I used in the description.

  • Robson Gait April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    important things…plz..

  • Robson Gait April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    my card cannot been access?? help me plzz??? i didnt show my memory card…i think my laptop is DUMP… (y)

  • TheShani4595 April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    mine gets hot too @interlinkknight

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Never noticed it getting hot.

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I beleive its 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot). I added a link to the description.

  • Yamadaaaa April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    What version of Ubuntu are you using??… Everytime I open my card while on Ubuntu 12.10 it says that it cannot be mount… Everything in this card is important… Please help.

  • n1bpd April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    They switched to a new theme (called Unity, which I dislike). You just need to open the file manager window – top left icon which has a picture of a house on a folder. Then it will work the same as the video.

  • Damen Smalls April 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    i did this and my screen doesn't look like yours. meaning the program.

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