My Recent Documents not showing files

I have installed Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate and use it frequently.  However none of my files appear when I click "My Recent Documents" in the start menu.

How can I activate it?  I've never had this problem before on numerous PCs running XP.
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CDIT_SolutionsAuthor Commented:
I went into Start Menu Properties and despite "List my most recently opened documents" being checked I clicked on the button "Clear List", created a file and it then showed up in "Recent Documents".

However, after half and hour the item has disappeared and the list states "(Empty)" again as it did before!
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music2myear1Commented:
Do you some sort of cleanup service running? The cleanup programs I've used tend to like emptying the recent files entries.
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CDIT_SolutionsAuthor Commented:
I purchased NIS 2010 Performance Pack incl. Norton Utilities last week.  When I ran the utilities program it apparently found >800 issues with my regsitry that I asked it to fix.

Not only do I have a faster running notebook (that was an issue itself) but the Recent Documents are now listed.  I will see how it goes over the next couple of days.
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