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Windows 7: Start Menu not remembering recent items frequency

21 Sep 2009   #1
bbbobbbo

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Start Menu not remembering recent items frequency

Soryy if this has been discussed before.

I'm running Win 7 ultimate 64 bit version.

Under Vista in the start menu list of recently opened items, those items were sort by their open/access frequncy, top to bottom.

For instance, if you opened Word 10 times a day on average, and firefox 5 times etc. eventually Word would advance towards the top of the list, above firefox which had been opened less times.

It seems this doesnt take place in windows 7 FOR CERTAIN ITEMS ONLY: let's say i play solitaire 15 times a day, well, it gets into the list, but stays at the bottom of the list no matter how many times i close and open it again, it's sitll at the bottom of the list, instead if i click just twice on, say, excell, it immediately gets above solitaire - isnt that strange behaviour?

I have both "store and display..." boxes checked in start menu properties.

I tried changing StartMenuInit key (from the vista tutorial) from 4 to 3, but after restart it reverts back to 4.

Has Microsoft chosen to exclude games from the recent items list ?

Thank you for your patience


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21 Sep 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Wouldnt it be easier to pin your favorite games to the taskbar?
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21 Sep 2009   #3
bbbobbbo

windows 7 64bit
 
 

well i played a little more with this and found out that when you first start using the start menu (that is, after a windows 7 fresh install) it opens with certain items there (like snipping tool or paint).

Those certain items are for some reason "stuck" in the list until first access - eg i clicked 30 times on word and it never demoted paint in the list until i actually clicked paint for the first time.

Another surspise was when i typed in the start menu some program i had never used before like media center, guess what? It instantly jumped on top of the list after just 1 click?!?! Above word which i'd accessed like 30 times before.

I take it from that behaviour that certain programs are "pre-loaded" with hidden priorities in the list - this was not happening in vista (((
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21 Sep 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

What is your question?
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21 Sep 2009   #5
bbbobbbo

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Wouldnt it be easier to pin your favorite games to the taskbar?
first off thanks for replying.

pinning them will do no good since it wouldnt be a great idea to clutter my start menu list with say 10 items pinned on top of another 10 most frequently used items.

i would just like the good old behaviour vista had: a clean list with items being displayed based on STRICT number of access times (so if i open program A 15 times, it should go above program B which was accessed only 13 times, no matter if they're microsoft or not, games or whatever)

if my observations are correct and other folks experience this too, i will take it as a severe drawback from vista, sadly
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21 Sep 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Dual boot .. it will save you a lot of grief ... I have not seen this complaint before, so it must not be that prevalent..

Welcome to the forums...
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21 Sep 2009   #7
Antman

 

Individual apps can be excluded from appearing in the recent items list. I will need to search for how this is done.

Without addressing any limitations on how the tool is designed, I will point out that individual docs are listed as a flyout on the apps name.

As in all things code-based - there is a logic being applied. The functionality of the recent items list is far more complex than simply counting occurrences. Check out the flyout for Live Messenger as an example.
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