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Windows 7: "Recent Places" folder always empty

20 Sep 2014   #1
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
"Recent Places" folder always empty

I'm Running Windows 7 64 bit, Home Premium, fully updated.

On my laptop (64 bit Win7), "Recent Items" works properly, showing all docs I've opened only (no folders, as it should be). The taskbar Jumplists for each program also show recent docs opened in that program.

The "Recent Places" folder, however, is always empty, nor do recent folders show on the Jumplists for folders.

Searching has turned up nothing useful, but tells me I'm not the only one with this issue.

What I've tried already:
  • sfc /scannow
  • making sure both the "Store and display" options in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties are checked.
  • making sure the reg key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Recent points to the correct folder (%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items) and that the folder itself is actually named "Recent Items" and not just "Recent"
  • running a disk scan (chkdsk)
  • Safe mode
  • deleting/restoring default links in the Favorites list
Essentially, it seems as if documents opened are recorded but not folders. I'm stumped at this point. Anyone know what's up with this?





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21 Sep 2014   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

PJ by disk scan did you mean a chkdsk? if no the try that

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < use the /f and /r switches in Option 2 if necessary
As a precaution run these too

http://www.superantispyware.com/

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

download from bleeping computer delete any rubbishthese find.
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21 Sep 2014   #3
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Remove Recent Places and restore to default

Click Start, click Computer.
In the left pane, right click on Recent Places and click Remove.
Right click on Favorites in same pane, click Restore favorite links.
Close Windows Explorer and check.
If that does not work you may have a corrupt users account. Test with a new users account.
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21 Sep 2014   #4
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

IC: Yes, chkdsk

BB: I did try deleting/restoring the folder. Forgot to add that to my "Tried already list" but will add it. I'll give the new user account dealy a shot.
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22 Sep 2014   #5
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay, tried a new User Profile I created for test purposes and both "Recent Items' and "Recent Places" work properly in that profile. So how can I find out what or where the corrupted settings are and replace them with the working versions from the temp profile?
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22 Sep 2014   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

I think Bright Blessings has nailed the answer for that one in that the account (data) is corrupted itself v
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22 Sep 2014   #7
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pjfarr View Post
Okay, tried a new User Profile I created for test purposes and both "Recent Items' and "Recent Places" work properly in that profile. So how can I find out what or where the corrupted settings are and replace them with the working versions from the temp profile?
Have a read here, it should help. Fix a corrupted user profile - Windows Help
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23 Sep 2014   #8
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just curious, but what is the System File Checker supposed to do exactly? Is it not supposed to find and replace corrupted/missing system files? Every time I've used it over the years it never seems to find anything wrong when Windows is acting up. In my situation here, creating a new user profile cleared up the problem with Recent Places which seems to suggest a particular system file was recreated in the new account that had become corrupted in the old user profile. Why wouldn't a "System" file check correct this...?
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23 Sep 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

SFC /SCANNOW checks Windows 7 System Files.
Your user account is not a system file.
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23 Sep 2014   #10
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 


My understanding is if sfc does not repair a file it is because the same file is also corrupt in the windows\winsxs folders. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Did you get your problem sorted? if so please mark this thread as solved.
Cheers
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