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Windows 7: How to stop Win7 from creating Recent .LNK files?

16 Jun 2011   #1
Crazy Serb

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
How to stop Win7 from creating Recent .LNK files?

How do I stop windows from creating .LNK shortcuts to recently opened files?

Is there an easy way, a registry change/hack, or something?

I am talking about recently opened file shortcuts stored in

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

(and probably a few other places, I can imagine).

Anyone?


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16 Jun 2011   #2
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

right Click on the taskbar and chose properties. Select the Start Menu tab and uncheck the two boxes.
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16 Jun 2011   #3
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

That doesn't prevent Windows from creating the .LNK files. That just doesn't show recently used/opened files and programs anymore.

There's no way to prevent Windows from doing this and I can think of no useful reason to want to disable it. Care to share why you want to do this?
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16 Jun 2011   #4
kado897

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Well I turned both of those off several months ago and I have no entries in that folder. I can't think what else I did.
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16 Jun 2011   #5
Crazy Serb

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
That doesn't prevent Windows from creating the .LNK files. That just doesn't show recently used/opened files and programs anymore.

There's no way to prevent Windows from doing this and I can think of no useful reason to want to disable it. Care to share why you want to do this?
Search results, when I look for files and such... especially if I use a non-Windows Explorer software to do that (as then it queries everything that matches the keyword/name, regardless of the extension).

So, for one file I am looking for I get 2-3 results every time (if I actually used that file), with the other 2 entries being .LNK files referring to it...

Trying to clean up things, you know...
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16 Jun 2011   #6
Crazy Serb

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
right Click on the taskbar and chose properties. Select the Start Menu tab and uncheck the two boxes.
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And yes, that did it... thank you!

All "Recent" folders instantly got cleaned up... wicked!
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16 Jun 2011   #7
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Oh, apologies then if that does it. I wasn't aware of that. My mind goes directly to forensics mode of the registry when answering a question like this and there's no way to prevent Windows from keeping track of this in the registry. But, I guess you can at least prevent it from happening in folders.
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16 Jun 2011   #8
Crazy Serb

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Oh, apologies then if that does it. I wasn't aware of that. My mind goes directly to forensics mode of the registry when answering a question like this and there's no way to prevent Windows from keeping track of this in the registry. But, I guess you can at least prevent it from happening in folders.
Yeah, no worries... I don't mind the registry tracking, as I rarely use it and "don't see it", really... but on the front-end, in folders, that I do see, it bothered me and now it's all taken care of.

Yay!
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16 Jun 2011   #9
kado897

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Glad that's fixed Crazy Serb. I don't much like "recents" either.
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13 Dec 2011   #10
M Flood

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 
.LNK file instead of short cuts

For a couple of months I was plagued with short cuts to .EXE files getting changed to .LNK files and the Icon for those was always the same program. If I clicked on the .LNK file the program that the Icon belonged to.
I finally found that there was a virus that caused this. I searched for ".LNK virus" and found a solution in the form of a program that would correct the association to the .EXE files. Sorry but I cannot find that program now.

But know that there is a solution. (viruses like this should be a crime punishable by life in prision (without a computer)
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