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Windows 7: Recent Items folder not keeping items more than 48 hours

16 May 2013   #1

windows 7 64-bit
Recent Items folder not keeping items more than 48 hours

I have recently had to have Windows 7 reinstalled. Since then my jump lists hardly contain any items. The max No. of items is set to 20, but they never get anywhere close.

Now I have discovered that my Recent Items folder

C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items

is only keeping items from today and yesterday, and these items are the only ones that appear in my jump lists.

How can I set the Recent Items folder to keep items for longer?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 May 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Right click on the empty area of Start Menu, choose Properties, at bottom change the "Number of Recent Items to Display in Jump Lists" up to maximum 60.

On my installs I also set Downloads as a link, Computer and Control Panel as a Menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 May 2013   #3

windows 7 64-bit

Thanks for your response, but this does not work on my system. I reset the number of programs & jump list display items (max was 30 not 60) but has made no difference. Items not opened for over 48hrs disappear
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26 May 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


If this is factory preinstalled Windows 7 then these types of issues occur because it's a corrupt install to begin with, requiring most tech enthusiasts to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get a perfect install instead. Until then you can Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

Otherwise I'd run SFC /SCANNOW Command and report back the results.
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