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Disable Recent Files in Media Player (All Windows) Popular

This restriction will stop Windows Media Player from storing the names of the played media in the recent file list.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new Binary value, or modify the existing value, called "AddToMRU" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This setting only effects Windows Media Player 8.0 or greater.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|AddToMRUREG_BINARY00|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
Value Name: AddToMRU
Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
Value Data: 00 = disabled, 01 = enabled

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Last modified: October 4, 2002