Link to home
Start Free TrialLog in
Avatar of Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn

asked on

Windows 7 system persists with Recent Items

This is a Windows 7 system just commissioned.  Classic Shell is installed.

  • Classic Shell has been configured to disable the recently used items area.
  • The group policy has been changed to disable this area.
  • The registry has been edited to reduce the number of items in the recently used list to zero.

Nonetheless, the system is still content to put each recently used program into that list, as shown in the screenshot below.

I have run out of hammers to hit this problem with.  Suggestions on how to remedy the issue will be gladly received.

User generated image
Avatar of ☠ MASQ ☠
☠ MASQ ☠

Link to home
This solution is only available to members.
To access this solution, you must be a member of Experts Exchange.
Start Free Trial
Avatar of Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn


The Privacy checkboxes are both unchecked and both are grayed out.

Regedit indicates that both NoRecentDocsHistory and NoRecentDocsMenu are set to 1.
Further inspection of Classic Shell indicated that

a) It was perfectly aware that those items should not be displayed, as they were greyed out and flagged with a red lock, and
b) Nevertheless, there was an option on a different tab that managed to override Group Policy and the Registry.
Points to Masq for pointing out where the problem was likely to be found in the other associated thread.