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Windows 7: How to clear recently opened file details from vlc and wmp

08 Aug 2011   #1
virtualguy85

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 
How to clear recently opened file details from vlc and wmp

Hi.. I'm new here and based on a little bit of poking around and searching, i really couldnt find an answer to what i was looking for.. so thought i'd register and post the query.. apologies if this is a repeat..

since the past few days i've been trying, in vain, to clear the recently opened media files details.. now i am not talking about the ones that show up in the "files>recent media" tabs in vlc or wmp.. i'm talking about when one clicks on "file>open" in wmp, a box opens up with a drop down of "file name:" and the drop down kinda lists the recently accessed media files.. (attaching screenshot for reference).. i've tried the usual clear history, clear cache, etc.. but it doesnt work.. can someone please help out..

Thanks..

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08 Aug 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I believe ccleaner will wipe that data.
CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

I suggest against using the registry scanner included but the cleaner function works great.
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08 Aug 2011   #3
tman69

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

for WMP--launch the player---menu>options>privacy tab--at bottom--uncheck the boxes then clear the history and cache
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09 Aug 2011   #4
virtualguy85

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Maguscreed - thank you very much.. it worked.. after trying a variety of history cleaning freewares like BCWipe and SEraser, i'd almost given up on the other ones.. but CCleaner worked nicely.. you're a lifesaver.. (:

TMam69 - thank you.. i actually tried that before, it didnt work.. but CCleaner did..

For anyone who might come across this thread in their search.. here's a list of things i tried before the CCleaner actually worked (just so that you dont waste your time doing the same things)

- clear File MRU (using windows registry, and some other patches)
- usual "file>options" options of clearing preferences, unchecking the 'remember history' boxes, etc
- BCWipe
- SEraser
- manual re-coding of index.dat file using PSPad
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09 Aug 2011   #5
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

yeah piriform makes some good stuff, they also have an app called recuva that can restore deleted files for you. (provided the location on the disk hasn't been overwritten since you deleted the file)
It's also free and easy to use. I've personally used it to recover over 300 gigs of data off a drive.
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02 Oct 2012   #6
pianoman

windows 7, 32-bit
 
 
VLC file search dropdown list clear

Hello! I realize I'm way late in this conversation, but I did download CCleaner but cannot figure out what functions to check to clear the file search dropdown list. Thank you.
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02 Oct 2012   #7
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

open it, click the applications tab and make sure everything in multimedia is checked.
That should do the trick.
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21 Nov 2012   #8
pianoman

windows 7, 32-bit
 
 

I tried using CCleaner for the VLC dropdown menu, but it didn't clear it. Any other suggestions?
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21 Nov 2012   #9
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It still works fine for me with latest vlc.
Did ccleaner update at some point?
Make sure it's still ticked in ccleaner.
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