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Thread: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

  1. #1
    troop Guest

    "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    'LO,

    C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Local
    Settings\History

    have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later . The shortcuts are an
    unfortunate item so I want to delete the contents of these two folders on a reboot.


    How ? How to remove the trail ?


    Besat Regards,

  2. #2
    WTC Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    troop wrote:

    > 'LO,
    >
    > C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and
    > Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History
    >
    > have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later .
    > The shortcuts are an unfortunate item so I want to delete the
    > contents of these two folders on a reboot.
    >
    >
    > How ? How to remove the trail ?


    Hi troop,

    Create a batch file and call it cleanup.cmd. Save the file.

    ---cleanup.cmd Contents----

    rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent" /q /s
    rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History" /q /s

    ---------------------------

    Create a new scheduled task with the "cleanup.cmd".

    Here are the steps I took:

    1. Open Scheduled Tasks.
    2. Double-click "Add Scheduled Task"
    3. Browse to where you save the "cleanup.cmd" and select the
    "cleanup.cmd" file.
    4. Name the task and choose "When my computer starts".
    5. Enter your user account password.
    6. Finished.

    If you user account does not have a password then see:

    Scheduled Tasks cannot run with a blank password
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310715


    --
    William Crawford
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

  3. #3
    troop Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    In article <xn0fmnwzp5710bk001@news.microsoft.com>, "WTC" <bcrawfordjr(remove)
    @hotmail.com> says...
    > troop wrote:
    >
    > > 'LO,
    > >
    > > C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and
    > > Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History
    > >
    > > have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later .
    > > The shortcuts are an unfortunate item so I want to delete the
    > > contents of these two folders on a reboot.
    > >
    > >
    > > How ? How to remove the trail ?

    >
    > Hi troop,
    >
    > Create a batch file and call it cleanup.cmd. Save the file.
    >
    > ---cleanup.cmd Contents----
    >
    > rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent" /q /s
    > rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History" /q /s
    >
    > ---------------------------
    >
    > Create a new scheduled task with the "cleanup.cmd".
    >
    > Here are the steps I took:
    >
    > 1. Open Scheduled Tasks.
    > 2. Double-click "Add Scheduled Task"
    > 3. Browse to where you save the "cleanup.cmd" and select the
    > "cleanup.cmd" file.
    > 4. Name the task and choose "When my computer starts".
    > 5. Enter your user account password.
    > 6. Finished.
    >
    > If you user account does not have a password then see:
    >
    > Scheduled Tasks cannot run with a blank password
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310715



    Thx. I am sole user and cannot remember if I have a password--I do not need it to log
    on--I get the Welcome sceen and then the desktop. If I create a password for me as
    administrator for this task will I have to use it to log on each time ? Would not be a
    preferred operation.

  4. #4
    MAP Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    troop wrote:
    > 'LO,
    >
    > C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and
    > Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History
    >
    > have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later .
    > The shortcuts are an unfortunate item so I want to delete the
    > contents of these two folders on a reboot.
    >
    >
    > How ? How to remove the trail ?
    >
    >
    > Besat Regards,


    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html

    --
    Mike Pawlak



  5. #5
    WTC Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    troop wrote:

    > In article <xn0fmnwzp5710bk001@news.microsoft.com>, "WTC"
    > <bcrawfordjr(remove) @hotmail.com> says...
    > > troop wrote:
    > >
    > > > 'LO,
    > > >
    > > > C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and
    > > > Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History
    > > >
    > > > have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later .
    > > > The shortcuts are an unfortunate item so I want to delete the
    > > > contents of these two folders on a reboot.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > How ? How to remove the trail ?

    > >
    > > Hi troop,
    > >
    > > Create a batch file and call it cleanup.cmd. Save the file.
    > >
    > > ---cleanup.cmd Contents----
    > >
    > > rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent" /q /s
    > > rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History" /q /s
    > >
    > > ---------------------------
    > >
    > > Create a new scheduled task with the "cleanup.cmd".
    > >
    > > Here are the steps I took:
    > >
    > > 1. Open Scheduled Tasks.
    > > 2. Double-click "Add Scheduled Task"
    > > 3. Browse to where you save the "cleanup.cmd" and select the
    > > "cleanup.cmd" file.
    > > 4. Name the task and choose "When my computer starts".
    > > 5. Enter your user account password.
    > > 6. Finished.
    > >
    > > If you user account does not have a password then see:
    > >
    > > Scheduled Tasks cannot run with a blank password
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310715

    >
    >
    > Thx. I am sole user and cannot remember if I have a password--I do
    > not need it to log on--I get the Welcome sceen and then the desktop.
    > If I create a password for me as administrator for this task will I
    > have to use it to log on each time ? Would not be a preferred
    > operation.


    Hi troop,

    You can use a password for your account and then turn on Automatic
    Logon for your account.

    How to turn on automatic logon in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231

    <quote>

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.

    2. In the Open box, type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.

    Note When users try to display help information in the User Accounts
    window in Windows XP Home Edition, the help information is not
    displayed. Additionally, users receive the following error message:
    Cannot find the Drive:\Windows\System32\users.hlp Help file. Check to
    see that the file exists on your hard disk drive. If it does not exist,
    you must reinstall it.

    3. Clear the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
    computer" check box, and then click Apply.

    4. In the Automatically Log On window, type the password in the
    Password box, and then retype the password in the Confirm Password box.

    5. Click OK to close the Automatically Log On window, and then click OK
    to close the User Accounts window.

    </quote>

    --
    William Crawford
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

  6. #6
    troop Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    In article <uLKmZOEdIHA.4936@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl>, mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com
    says...
    > troop wrote:
    > > 'LO,
    > >
    > > C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent AND C:\Documents and
    > > Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History
    > >
    > > have shortcuts that are cleaned automatically but two days later .
    > > The shortcuts are an unfortunate item so I want to delete the
    > > contents of these two folders on a reboot.
    > >
    > >
    > > How ? How to remove the trail ?
    > >
    > >
    > > Besat Regards,

    >
    > http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html



    thx

  7. #7
    troop Guest

    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    In article <xn0fmo8ik5mpdp5000@news.microsoft.com>, "WTC" <bcrawfordjr(remove)
    @hotmail.com> says...
    > troop wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > Thx. I am sole user and cannot remember if I have a password--I do
    > > not need it to log on--I get the Welcome sceen and then the desktop.
    > > If I create a password for me as administrator for this task will I
    > > have to use it to log on each time ? Would not be a preferred
    > > operation.

    >
    > Hi troop,
    >
    > You can use a password for your account and then turn on Automatic
    > Logon for your account.
    >
    > How to turn on automatic logon in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231
    >
    >thx again


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
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    Re: "History" and "Recent" Folders--how to delete contents ?

    go to start, run and type sysedit

    append the following lines to your autoexec.bat file

    rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Recent" /q /s
    rd "C:\Documents and Settings\Chris\Local Settings\History" /q /s

    make sure you save your changes and your problem should be solved

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