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Old 28th August 2005   #1
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Removing MRU List from Mapped Network Drives


Does anyone know which registry key and value controls the MRU List for the mapped network drive "drop down" menu? I would like the information as to what drives I access (as mapped drives) to be totally undetectable. Has anyone done this before? OS is Windows 2000 Pro, SP4.

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Delete all the values except ('Default') in the registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Map Network Drive MRU

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Thanks! I will give it a try...


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Thanks for the help. I will give this a try. I know there are commericial programs to clean out the MRU Lists, but some of them (MRU Lists) are actually helpful (to me anyway). This particular one for mapped drives, I wanted to be "stealthy" for security reasons.

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I'm not completely clear on what you need to do since drive mappings should be specific to your user account and only be made when you log on.

If the MRU cleaning doesn't do it for you, another option would be to create a batch file to map to the drives you need but not to have them persist when you get off the PC.

net use X:\ \\SomePC\someshare /persistent no
net use Y:\ \\SomeOtherPC\some-other-share /persistent no

will connect them for you.

If you need to be able to unshare the drive(s) prior to getting off the PC
net use * /delete
will do that.

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Reason for Question ...


Thanks for the response. The application is more general. It is part of a security program that uses a very large randomly generated key file to x-or with already encrypted files. the program itself will use a mapped network drive to supply the key file to the encryption program, and the program will present the network drive id to the user, but in a randomized fashion, so typing (or clicking on) "3" for instance, does not always mean drive "D:", nor would the exact share be available in the MRU List. The encryption program has some other features, but the shear size of the key file and the fact that it is randomly generated gives just one more level of security for confidential data. The intent is to hide the tracks of where the encryption key came from, since having it on a local drive is not as secure.

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The registry location is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Network

As to how you would 'stealth' that while you were logged on, no clue. I have noticed that the remote registry tools I tried (native regedit and Hyena) do not show that portion of the registry. Regedit doesn't display any HKCU values and Hyena omits the network piece.

It appears that unless someone can use your PC while you are logged on, the information would be hard to come by. Possible but certainly not simple.

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