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I pinned Windows Explorer's icon to my taskbar months ago, and all worked fine, including jump lists. Note: I changed the default Explorer's folder using the usual trick of changing the GUID in the shortcut.

Now, all of a sudden, the jump list is empty, and dropping folders on the pinned icon does not produce any effect, nor recently-opened folders show up in the list (although in the taskbar options I made sure to have it remember recently open items).

How can I restore the original functionality, given that all other pinned applications jump lists work correctly?

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, updated with the latest patches. The OS is in US English and my locale is Italian-Italy.

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What is the "usual trick of changing the GUID in the shortcut" ? And what happens if you undo it ? – harrymc Jan 16 '11 at 11:12
Basically it changes the default folder of the shortcut to My Computer. Nothing fancy. – Dario Solera Jan 16 '11 at 11:25
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It turns out that it's some kind of obscure bug in Windows 7. The workaround is deleting the contents of the following (hidden) directories and then restarting:

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

After that, you'll have to re-add all your jump lists, as they will be empty.


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