NETBEANS-888 Open Recent file not working #1216
I suspect it never worked on the combination of
and that these users using Java9 or above is a relatively new phenomena.
I didn't (don't) have the time to hunt that down.
Changing it so that the menuItems were only recreated when the history in RecentFiles changed, solved the problem, probably because the ScreenMenuItems <-> menuItem referencing is done before the popup menu change support kicks in, but that's just a guess.
There's a bit more of my analysis info in https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/NETBEANS-888