To answer your 2nd question. I am trying to erase the "Recently Used" or "Recent Items" list. This is Vista 64-bit w/SP2. I am running in as Administrator user. I get the "You don't have permission to open this file" message. Doesn't matter if I run Eraser 188.8.131.523 as administrator or not.
David, I have another clue. I re-read the FAQs about all instances of Eraser must be stopped before launching using the "Run as Administrator" (even if you are an Administrator) function for Eraser.
I noticed that there was in instance of Eraser running under a UserID that was long since logged off. The Vista Task Manager showed only SYSTEM and my logged on ID. But there was as instance of Eraser still running under a UserID from which I had logged off several minutes in the past.
Perhaps this is a clue. I'll try the erasing of the Recently Used list again after cancelling this strange instance of Eraser via the Vista Task Manager.
David, I'm sorry to report that closing down the instance of Eraser running under a long since logged off UserID did not change the problem of the failure to erase the Recent Items due to authority problems.
It is important to note that I don't want to erase the target of the Recent Items list, just the list itself. In Vista, you can 'clear' the list by right mousing on it from the Start Menu and clicking "Clear Recent Items List".