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Windows 7: Recent Items Settings in Win 7 Registry?

15 Feb 2010   #1
mignolan

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Recent Items Settings in Win 7 Registry?

Howdy. While working to fix something -- that had a much simpler solution, once I realized it -- while editing the Windows 7 registry I seem to have disabled the "recent items" functionality: the folder, I believe (assuming the Recent Items folder in the Start Menu simply picks up what's there). Right now, the Recent Items folder has nothing in it, and nothing goes into it, no matter what files or folders I open.

Might someone be able to provide a sense of what that related registry code should look like? Its values?

Or might there be a tool to reestablish those settings? (The Win 7 install disc can't perform that function, can it? Is there a "disc doctor" function in it?)


Many thanks!


Mig


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15 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

You're looking for a tool to revert those settings? Look no farther than Windows 7's built-in System Restore. Don't worry about losing your programs and the like; it allows you to scan for affected programs first.

Good luck!

~JK
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15 Feb 2010   #3
monkeys breath

windows
 
 

i would just leave the recent feature turned off. it is one thing if you are the only user of your computer, however in most case you are not. leaving or turning it off makes nosy people have to dig for what they are looking for.
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15 Feb 2010   #4
mignolan

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thank you for your responses.

Jonathan ... I've just completed a reinstall/upgrade of Windows 7, and ... no difference. Is is possible that it carried over my "preference" for a malfunctioning "Recent Items" folder from the old version of the OS to the new install?

Monkeys Breath ... I'd certainly consider leaving that feature off (and my have to do so) but I'm a heavy user myself. I don't have any real concerns about folks snooping. ; )

Any other ideas?

Thanks again!
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15 Feb 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try this: Recent Items - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
~JK
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16 Feb 2010   #6
mignolan

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks again -- unfortunately not. In a few days I'm going to back up my user profile and do a complete reinstall of Windows 7. I'm just hoping that the issue isn't part of my user profile!
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16 Feb 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Why not just create a new user profile to test?
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16 Feb 2010   #8
mignolan

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Jonathan, I sure do like that idea. Sure do!

I'll let you know how it goes.


Mig
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17 Feb 2010   #9
mignolan

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

So the answer is ... yes: it's tied in to my account. That is, the new "test" account I created has a fully functional recent items. Is there a way I might export the registry on the "test" account and edit the parts I'm missing into my main acc't? (I'll keep a back-up this time.)

I'm sure glad I didn't go through the whole reload of Windows 7 again, and import my acc't settings. Sheesh.
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