In Windows 8/8.1 as well as in Windows 7, the user interface for Taskbar Properties changed, and with the removal of the Classic Start Menu, one useful option got removed from the settings: the ability to clean up the Run history as well as Explorer navigation history.
Let's see how we can perform the cleanup without using third party software.
This is how the Run dialog history looks on my PC:
But in Windows 7, the Classic Start Menu got removed! And in Windows 8, there is no Start menu any more!
To perform the same clean up, you have to right click on the Taskbar and open its properties.
That's it! Your Run history is now cleared!
1. Open Registry Editor.
Tip: If you are not familiar with Registry Editor, follow our detailed tutorial.
2. Go to the following key:
Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.
3. Delete all values you see on the right side:
Personally, I always use the checkbox method because I use an alternative file manager, called Total Commander, and do not care about the File Explorer history.