Enable the policy “Clear the recent programs list for new users” in Windows 8 via gpedit.msc

“Clear the recent programs list for new users” is one of the local group policies that can be enabled in Windows 8


Windows always keeps a history of each user events. So it also keeps the history of programs any user opens. Windows organizes the favorites in the Start Menu by using these history information. If you want to stop keeping this history information, then you can enable “Clear the recent programs list for new users”. This tutorial will guide to your way to enable this. You have to just follow the steps carefully.

1. Open the Run window by pressing Windows + R key simultaneously. Now, type “gpedit.msc” without quotes in the text area and hit Enter.

Run gpedit

2. Now the Local Group Policy Editor window will appear. Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar.

Start Menu And Taskbar Menu

There you will find “Clear the recent programs list for new users” on the right pane of the window. Double click on it or hit Enter after selecting that option to open.

Clear Recent Programs

3. By default this Not Configured option is checked. Check Enabled and click on OK to apply the change.

Enable Clear Recent Programs

Click Ok To Apply

Now you are done. From now on, Windows will not remember which programs a new user opens.

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