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Windows 7: Unable to remove from Start Menu list, the last installed program

24 Feb 2012   #1
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Unable to remove from Start Menu list, the last installed program

Hello,
This has been a continuing problem, but of low enough importance that I have waited until now to get some advice. If I install a program it automatically put a startup icon in the start menu. Not pinned in. When I hit remove from list, nothing happens. Eventually, and I can't say how many reboots it goes away. Am i doing something wrong? Thanks for any help!
Glenn


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24 Feb 2012   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Glenn,

If you mean the bottom half of the Start Menu under the "Pin to" area (not in "All Programs"), then this would be the recent programs area.

Since the usual "Remove from list" didn't work to remove the program from the recent programs list, you could turn off and on recent programs to remove it. This will remove all the other recent programs as well though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Feb 2012   #3
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Try these settings:

  1. Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Taskbar and Start Menu - the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window opens.
  2. Click on the Start Menu tab.
  3. Click the Customize... button - the Customize Start Menu window opens.
  4. Scroll down and locate Highlight newly installed programs and deselect (uncheck) the box.
  5. Scroll down and locate Recent Items and deselct (uncheck) the box.
  6. Click OK, click OK.
Unable to remove from Start Menu list, the last installed program-startmenu2.png

Unable to remove from Start Menu list, the last installed program-startmenu.png


Regards,
GEWB


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24 Feb 2012   #4
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Darn it Brink, you're too fast for me!

Regards,
GEWB
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24 Feb 2012   #5
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Glenn,

If you mean the bottom half of the Start Menu under the "Pin to" area (not in "All Programs"), then this would be the recent programs area.

Since the usual "Remove from list" didn't work to remove the program from the recent programs list, you could turn off and on recent programs to remove it. This will remove all the other recent programs as well though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hellooo Shawn,
Thanks for the response. Two further questions, first is I followed the link's instructions and my properties shows that the store and display*** on menu and taskbar is turned on. It has never shown recent programs on the taskbar. The second is why does the recent program start menu item not get removed with the remove from list command? I mean it seems to work most of the time except what IIRC is a shutdown and startup...
Thanks
Glenn
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24 Feb 2012   #6
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
Try these settings:

  1. Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Taskbar and Start Menu - the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window opens.
  2. Click on the Start Menu tab.
  3. Click the Customize... button - the Customize Start Menu window opens.
  4. Scroll down and locate Highlight newly installed programs and deselect (uncheck) the box.
  5. Scroll down and locate Recent Items and deselct (uncheck) the box.
  6. Click OK, click OK.
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Attachment 200049


Regards,
GEWB
Howdy GEWB,
I understand the first part, but am not sure what the part in the customize menu
uncheck highlight newly installed programs will do? Where I think I am getting confused is that I don't mind it showing recently used or newly installed programs, I just want it to be deleted when I hit the remove from list submenu. Thanks for any assistance you can supply!
Glenn
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24 Feb 2012   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Glenn,

If you mean the bottom half of the Start Menu under the "Pin to" area (not in "All Programs"), then this would be the recent programs area.

Since the usual "Remove from list" didn't work to remove the program from the recent programs list, you could turn off and on recent programs to remove it. This will remove all the other recent programs as well though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hellooo Shawn,
Thanks for the response. Two further questions, first is I followed the link's instructions and my properties shows that the store and display*** on menu and taskbar is turned on. It has never shown recent programs on the taskbar. The second is why does the recent program start menu item not get removed with the remove from list command? I mean it seems to work most of the time except what IIRC is a shutdown and startup...
Thanks
Glenn
To clear and reset recent programs, you would want to uncheck the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start Menu box, click on Apply, check the box again, and click on OK.

It would be "Recent" items instead of recent programs for the taskbar that are in the Jump List of any pinned/opened program icon (ex: Internet Explorer) when you right click on the taskbar icon.
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24 Feb 2012   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
Darn it Brink, you're too fast for me!

Regards,
GEWB
Nar, that would be a good option to not have them highlighted as well.
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24 Feb 2012   #9
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Glenn,

If you mean the bottom half of the Start Menu under the "Pin to" area (not in "All Programs"), then this would be the recent programs area.

Since the usual "Remove from list" didn't work to remove the program from the recent programs list, you could turn off and on recent programs to remove it. This will remove all the other recent programs as well though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hellooo Shawn,
Thanks for the response. Two further questions, first is I followed the link's instructions and my properties shows that the store and display*** on menu and taskbar is turned on. It has never shown recent programs on the taskbar. The second is why does the recent program start menu item not get removed with the remove from list command? I mean it seems to work most of the time except what IIRC is a shutdown and startup...
Thanks
Glenn
To clear and reset recent programs, you would want to uncheck the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start Menu box, click on Apply, check the box again, and click on OK.

It would be "Recent" items instead of recent programs for the taskbar that are in the Jump List of any pinned/opened program icon (ex: Internet Explorer) when you right click on the taskbar icon.
Thanks,
Got rid of the most recently installed program!! Yah!
Glenn
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24 Feb 2012   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Fantastic news. I'm glad that we could help.
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