Clear the Run history on the Start menu on Windows 10

I tried to follow http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/clear-the-run-history-on-the-start-menu to remove the items in my "Run" dialog, but I could not find the options mentioned in that article.

How to clear and disable MRU in the Run dialog on Winodws 10?

Hi David,

We appreciate you for being a part of Windows 10.

Please be informed that, the link you have provided in the post is applied to Windows vista. The troubleshooting steps of Windows vista may not be applicable to solve the problems in Windows 10.

I will assist you to delete the run history in Windows 10.

Kindly follow the below steps:

Please backup the registry before performing below steps.

Registry disclaimer

To do so: Important this section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/)

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.

  1. Press Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the run command prompt.

  2. Type regedit in the run text box and hit Enter key on the keyboard. (Press Yes button if dialog box prompted)

  3. Navigate to the below path on the left pane of the registry editor.

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

  4. On the right of the screen, there are keys that contain the recently entered commands on the Run Box. Delete the ones that you want to delete. Right click on any of the keys and click on Delete.

I hope the above information helps. Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows. We are glad to assist you.

Thank you.

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Actually, I do know how to remove MRU from registry. I just want to know if there's a easier way to do it in Widnows 10. Besides, I really want to disable this function. Is is possible to do this? 
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I have a similar problem. I did not search for this web address in windows run, yet when I type in this: \\, I see an address I accessed through the windows Facebook app. It is not found in Microsoft Edge history. Is there a way to make sure that that information does not appear when I input characters in the run menu?

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Hi Pedro,

Have you tried the steps provided by our Support Engineer, Kiran Kishore to delete the Run Command history from Registry Editor? If not, try that method and let us know the results.

I would also like to let you know that the above mentioned method (deleting from Registry Editor) is the only way to delete the Run command history in Windows 10.

Thank you.

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This does not work for me. I want to delete the history of places visited and in particular files accessed on an external hard drive.

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