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I have found the following post re this issue does any body have any idea which is correct

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Comdlg32]
"NoFileMru"=dword:00000001

2.HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value Name: NoRecentDocsMenu
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 0 or 1
0 = Yes, allow recent docs
1 = No, do not allow recent docs

Value Name: ClearRecentDocsOnExit
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 0 or 1
0 = No don't clear
1 = Yes clear them

Value Name: NoRecentDocsHistory
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 0 or 1
0 = Yes history
1 = No history

3.Disable History:
Go to Start --> Run --> Type "regedit" in the Run dialog box.
When in the registry, browse to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer>RunMRU.
Right-click the key RunMRU and choose "Permissions...".
Click "Add...".
Type "Everyone" and hit OK in the box that pops up.
Back in the Permissions (Security) dialog, choose Everyone then deny Read access.
Click OK.
Close Registry Editor. You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect

'Most recently used' file list - how to disable
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The information in this article applies to:

WinWay Resume 9.0 and later

Summary

Like many other Windows applications, the "File" menu of WinWay Resume Deluxe provides easy access to recently-viewed files. This article explains how to eliminate this list.
More Information

Windows offers a system policy for disabling "most recently used" file lists for all applications that adhere to this particular policy standard.
To disable the "most recently used" file list, download and run this file.
To restore the list, download and run this file.

Notes:

This setting will affect multiple applications, not just WinWay Resume
This setting only applies to the user who is currently logged into the computer. You may repeat these steps for other logins as necessary

For Advanced Users

The above settings can be entered via the registry editor as well.

Select Start, Run, Reg Edit
Browse to this registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
To disable "most recently used files list", add this value:
Name: NoRecentDocsHistory
Type: DWORD
Value: 1
To enable "most recently used files list", right click on the "NoRecentDocsHistory" and select "Delete"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Comdlg32 key. 2. Create a REG_DWORD value named NoFileMru and set this value to 1.

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Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

Now go to following keys one by one:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_USERS.default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

In right-side pane, look for a DWORD value "ClearRecentDocsOnExit". Its value would be set to 1. Either set its value to 0 or completely delete it.

The Recent Docs menu can be easily disabled by editing the Registry. To do this go to the following Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Now in the right pane, create a new DWORD value by the name: NoRecentDocsMenu and set it's value to 1. Restart Explorer to save the changes.
You can also clear the RUN MRU history. All the listings are stored in the key:
HKEY_USERS.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU
You can delete individual listings or the entire listing. To delete History of Find listings go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Doc Find Spec MRU and delete.
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It's just a typo, he means MRU.

Can you give us a list of what histories you need to have disabled. It would be easier for putting a solution together for you.

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MRU. Yeah. He's all about track hiding, like for when you use your mum's computer and she opens up Photoshop and sees in Open Recent an item "HotChickSex.jpg"....
Lots of apps record this info, pdf readers etc...., not just browsers. As an example, Foxit records in reg the last 50 documents opened - this is not for snoop value, but simply to enable restoring the document with the view settings you used with that particular item. Handy.
For many applications that adhere to M$ policy you can stop the practice by using a selection of the key values from the above OP post. You would put them in HKCU, not HKLM, else your savvy mum might sus interference. Why would you do it? Track hiding. Who wants to give up convenience?
As he posts, there is software that reads Registry to list all MRU entries... :)

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Thanks for replies, more would be welcome
Unfortuneately I have to to hospital for a few days, so will add further comments on return

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Hospital reading for you... :)
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Comdlg32
Value Name: NoFileMru - prevents common dialogue boxes from showing recently used entries.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer ||
Value Name: NoRecentDocsMenu - this will remove My Recent Docs from Start Menu [there is a checkbox for it in Start, Properties, Customise, Advanced ...]
Value Name: ClearRecentDocsOnExit - empties the record of these objects upon logoff.
Value Name: NoRecentDocsHistory - this prevents complying applications from recording used objects, ie. it removes the Recent folder.
HKCU hive is for you; placing the above in HKLM hive instead would block for all users.
And so it goes. XP records a multitude of recent documents operations in registry [another is the Run box in Start: NoRunMRU], as well as searches. As far as I know, there is no blanket reg key which when used would control all of those records. You can prevent them/block them individually. Some applications do it also, and they too must be blocked individually. Windows also records in registry all programs, shortcuts and links that are used by users, and also certain system executables, when and how often. All, since installation.
Clearing tracks is a laborious job. You can find, I'm sure, web softwares that will do some or much of what you want.

Edited by gerbil

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Back on board, thanks for the contributions, will see what transpires

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