windows recent places is always empty

when I open recent places in windows explorer it's always empty. Can someone clue me in why nothing is showing up? This worked fine in Vista ;)

Windows 7 Ultimate
 

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Thanks for your reply Lisa. It was always empty. I finally found a thread on another forum to turn on "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and taskbar" in the Privacy section of the Start properties and now I have entries in recent places.  I'm surprised it was turned off by default.

Thanks.

Michael

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I have solved this after 6 hours of experimenting. I had a corrupt file in my User profile. This replaces the offending jumplist and recent places files with ones from a blank profile.

Use this at your peril though and please make a system backup first...

1. Dowload http://www.homphysiology.org/misc/Recent.zip
   this contains working empty files from a blank profile I created
   Unzip it into a new folder C:\TEMP\Recent

2. Right-click on your 'Recent Places' and select
   'Clear recent items list'

3. Type these commands into a prompt.
   (you can change the temp paths etc if you want.)


rem go to offending directory in user profile.
rem for me this is under 'Roaming'.
cd %HOMEDRIVE%
cd "%HOMEDRIVE%\%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent"

rem perhaps we should copy everything
rem in this folder to a backup.
mkdir C:\TEMP\RecentBackup
xcopy /S /E "." "C:\TEMP\RecentBackup"

rem now delete everything!!
del /S *.*

rem copy the blank template profile files
xcopy /S /E "C:\TEMP\Recent\*.*" "."


4. Log off and log on.
   Profuse apologies if this breaks your computer.
   To reverse the process try

cd %HOMEDRIVE%
cd "%HOMEDRIVE%\%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent"
xcopy /S /E "C:\TEMP\RecentBackup" "."

 

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