How To: Clear The Windows XP Map Network Drive’s MRU(Most Recently Used) List
If you use Windows XP on a local area network (LAN), and you save and open files in shared folders as part of a workgroup on a server, you can create a virtual drive whose drive letter appears in the My Computer window along with those of your local drives — this process referred to as mapping a network drive.
If you frequently use the Map Network Drive command in Windows XP, you probably have a lot of network paths displaying in the MRU (Most Recently Used) list, which appears in the Folder drop down menu. If so, you may at some point in time want to clear that list — especially if it contains UNC paths that you no longer use. Here’s how to clear the Map Network Drive’s MRU list in Windows XP:
- Launch the Windows XP Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Map Network Drive MRU.
- One-by-one, delete each string value associated with a drive mapping by selecting it and pressing the Delete key. (Each entry will have the name of a letter of the alphabet, e.g. a, b, c, etc.)
- Double-click on the entry titled MRU List to open the Edit String dialog box.
- Delete the text in the Value Data text box and click OK.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows.