Windows XP: Prevent Programs from showing in Frequent Programs List

If you're looking for an easy way to prevent certain program files from showing up in the list of most frequently used program (the programs that show on the 'start list'), here's a quick and easy way.

How to Prevent a Program from Being Displayed in the Most Frequently Used Programs List

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Add an empty string value named NoStartPage to the following registry key, where Program name.exe is the name of the executable file that is used to start the program:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\Program name.exe

  3. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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One thought on “Windows XP: Prevent Programs from showing in Frequent Programs List”

  1. That's helpful for folks who keep that huge start menu thingy. I've always been somewhat of a minimalist and used the, "classic" look. But I'm just odd like that. =)

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