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How can I force SSMS to forget the recently used logins?

Of course I use "SQL Server Authentication" with Login/Password fields.

(It get's annoying, as everytime I open SSMS it shows the "Connect to Server"-Dialog, with a login preselected that is not valid anymore.)

Didn't find any option, and no info here.

Thank you.

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I haven't installed SP3 yet, I try this now to see if it maybe resolves the problem (same as using SSMS 2012 would). – SwissCoder Nov 26 '12 at 5:33
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If you move to SQL Server 2012 Management Studio (and no reason not to, now that it's free and you can still manage the same set of down-level servers that 2008 R2 lets you manage), you can simply delete old servers right from the connection dialog using the standard Delete key.

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It would have been nice if they had implemented the same delete logic for the login list, too. (Edit: Whoops. Accidentally tested on the wrong box.) – Jon Seigel Nov 23 '12 at 18:11
What you mean by free Aaron? I am a bit reluctant to istall the express edition, I don't want to have too many installs. Since when is the full version free? – SwissCoder Nov 26 '12 at 5:02
Well from the SQL Server Express Download page the Management Studio is a separate download, so I guess that's what you mean. I'm currently installing it, thank you for the hint! – SwissCoder Nov 26 '12 at 5:31
@SwissCoder no, did you read my blog post? I think you'll need the SP1 version from – Aaron Bertrand Nov 26 '12 at 13:47
I read your blogpost, but didn't realize ur link for Express SP1 would point to the full installer. Unfortunately Windows Update seems to be unaware of the SP1, so I have to go for a full download/install again.. (300MB more than the pre SP1 Version, I wonder what they packed in there additionally!) – SwissCoder Nov 27 '12 at 4:54

Try to delete the following file and open the SSMS and see.

C:\Users\gowdhdhan\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Shell\SqlStudio.bin

Hope this helps!

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Thank you Gowdhaman, but I think I will not simply delete all this file, as I see there are many other settings stored in this file as well (for example: Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UserSettings.QueryExecutionSettings). Actually I found the user in there and tried to remove it from that configuration, but when I reopen SSMS it will add the user again to this file... – SwissCoder Nov 23 '12 at 8:08
Did you deleted alone SqlStudio.bin file. that resolved my problem. – Gowdhaman Dhandapani Nov 23 '12 at 9:49
Hello Gowdhaman, I can deelete only this file, but then I loose other information. I want to explicitly only loose the information for the logins, or better for 1 specific login only. – SwissCoder Nov 23 '12 at 11:16
I dont think we can do that, because SqlStudio.bin file is the binary file and its very dangerous to edit in binaries. – Gowdhaman Dhandapani Nov 23 '12 at 11:29

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