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All but one of the following entries are stale/don't exist and I just want them out. I've Ctrl-F'd the registry but to no avail. Any ideas?

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This url provides a really handy utility that should probably have been built into SSMS to begin with: – rism Feb 3 '12 at 0:09
the url has changed - see my answer for updated url – Mark Jul 17 '13 at 22:21
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Try deleting this file C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\mru.dat or if you are on windows vista/Windows 7 look for a similar file in this folder (C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell)

Becareful as you will lose any customization that you have done.

Check this and this for more details.

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Your first link was the answer for me on Win 7 / Sql Server 2008:SqlStudio.bin. Powershell use was necessary to avoid a total wipe of the user preferences. – rism Feb 2 '12 at 23:59

For Sql Server 2012 Management Studio, this file has moved. It is now located at:

    SQL Server Management Studio\11.0\SqlStudio.bin
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SSMS 2012 has the ability to remove servers built in without resorting to deleting this file. See my answer for link to blog post that explains how. – Mark Jul 17 '13 at 22:23

I have written an open source UI to enable this (without losing other customisations) and posted it here:

Note that SSMS 2012 has the ability to delete servers build in. See here.

Over here and here are similar questions on SO. @arcticdev posted some code that I used in my UI

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