Alter XP’s most frequently used programs list

I found this little trick/hack while my usual browsing online.
If you want to see which programs you use the most, you can find out this information quickly in Windows XP’s most frequently used programs list. Find out how you can configure this feature to prevent certain apps from appearing on the list. This is a nice little trick to use if your on a work PC and don’t want certain people to know what applications you are using.

Fortunately, you can prevent an application from appearing in the Start menu’s most frequently used programs list by adding a special key to the registry. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications.
  3. Right-click the Applications key and select New | Key.
  4. Name the key the same name as the application’s executable file.
  5. Right-click your new key and select New | String Value.
  6. Name the string value NoStartPage.
  7. Close the Registry Editor.
  8. Reboot or log off and log back on for the change to take effect.

Note: Since editing the registry is risky, be sure you have a verified backup before saving any changes.

BUT if you want to do it the easy way…
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