June 3 2010

Windows 7 enable Recent Items via group policy

There is a confirmed bug with Windows 7 / group policy around this setting. The scenario is as follows:

  • Windows 7 disables Recent Items in the Start Menu by default
  • You want to enable Recent Items via group policy
  • You configure ‘User configurationPoliciesAdministrative templatesStart menu and taskbarRemove recent items menu from start menu’  and set this to ‘disabled’
  • Even though you have implemented the above setting, Recent Items still doesn’t show up

This is a bug and the workaround is to add a registry entry HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedStart_ShowRecentDocs and set this REG_DWORD value to 1.

I choose to use Group Policy Preference to replace this registry value on our Windows 7 machines:

 
 



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Posted June 3, 2010 by danovich in category "Windows

5 COMMENTS :

  1. By ultrafris on

    I had to change/add the following entries to make it work on a Windows 2008 terminal server:

    HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedStart_ShowRecentDocs and set this REG_DWORD value to 2

    HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedStart_TrackDocs and set this REG_DWORD value to 1

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  2. By pcvchriskmg on

    yeah, the HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedStart_TrackDocs and set this REG_DWORD value to 1

    is key.

    That’s all I needed to change.

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  3. By Andy on

    Thank You for this tip. After searching serveral hours in my group polices I found You posting on the microsoft forum and the link to this blog.

    Now it works!
    Greetings, Andy

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  4. By technofab on

    WINDOWS 2016, the setting is missing too. Awful Microsoft. Thanks to you!

    Reply

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