Why does SSMS duplicate server names?

I've got SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition installed on my Windows 7 development box. I use it to connect to our production and test SQL Server 2005 servers and databases. Plus yesterday I created a SQL 2008 Express database on my Win7 machine.

However, something odd happens in SSMS. When I get into SSMS it pops up the "Connect to Server" dialog box. I've noticed that a couple of server names are duplicated. For example, now I've got 2 server names for SQLEXPRESS, both the same name, on my Windows 7 machine. Why is that?
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asked May 24, 2011 at 07:48 AM in Default

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Different connection methods, perhaps? Have you connected once using windows credentials, and again using a sql server userid/password?
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answered May 24, 2011 at 07:54 AM

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Yes, I have connected using different credentials, but to different servers. For example, for our SQL Server 2005 servers/databases on our Windows servers, I connect via SQL Authentication. However, with this new SQL Express database I'm connecting with Windows Authentication.
May 24, 2011 at 08:32 AM Rod
The ugly workaround is to delete your most recently used list, as this connect item indicates - http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/424800
May 24, 2011 at 09:53 AM KenJ
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