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How to Delete the Run Command History in Windows 11

Over the years, the Run command has remained a steadfast utility for users who prefer the simplicity and speed of launching applications, scripts, or utilities through direct input. Whether it's launching 'msconfig' to adjust startup items or 'regedit' to dive into the Registry Editor, the Run command serves as a quick-access point. However, like many utilities in Windows, the Run dialog box keeps a history of your recent commands.

While this can be convenient for recalling previous commands, there might be times you want to clear this history due to privacy concerns or to declutter the list. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of deleting the Run command history in Windows 11.

Understanding the Run History

Before diving into the steps, it's essential to understand that the Run command history is stored within the Windows Registry. The Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configurations and settings for the operating system, software, and hardware.

Steps to Delete Run Command History in Windows 11

Caution: Editing the Windows Registry requires care. Always back up the Registry before making any changes to avoid potential issues.

  1. Backup Your Registry

    • Press Windows + R, type "regedit," and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
    • In the Registry Editor, click on "File" in the top-left corner.
    • Select "Export."
    • Choose a safe location on your PC, give your backup a descriptive name (like "RegistryBackup"), and ensure "All" is selected under "Export range." Click "Save."
  2. Navigate to the RunMRU Key

    • In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:
    • On the left pane, expand the directories as mentioned above to reach the RunMRU key.
  3. Delete the History

    • On the right pane, you'll see various string values representing your recent Run commands (labeled 'a', 'b', 'c', and so on).
    • To delete individual commands: Right-click on the specific string value (like 'a' or 'b') and select "Delete."
    • To clear the entire history: Right-click on the RunMRU key and choose "Delete."
  4. Exit and Restart

    • Once you've deleted the desired values or the entire RunMRU key, close the Registry Editor.
    • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Final Thoughts

Clearing the Run command history is a simple process, but it requires careful navigation of the Windows Registry. While this task is not something users will perform daily, it's essential knowledge for those keen on maintaining their privacy or keeping their Run dialog uncluttered.

Always remember, the Windows Registry is a powerful tool. Deleting or altering the wrong keys can lead to unexpected system behavior. Therefore, always exercise caution and ensure you have backups when working with the Registry.

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Posted: 2023-10-16
By: dwirch
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