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Registry - Disable recent files in media player

By default media player will show all recent played files. You can disable this as sometimes you do not wish other people to know what you have been viewing or listening to. 

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.    

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.

TO DISABLE RECENT FILES: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" , "Software", "Microsoft", "MediaPlayer", then "Preferences"   Next search for "AddToMRU" in the right hand panel. If it is not present then simply create it by doing the following: 

Right click on "Explorer" select "NEW" then left click on "BINARY VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "AddToMRU". 

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to "01" for enabled or "00" for disabled. 

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.