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Recycle Bin problem

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#1 berniepederson


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 08:06 PM


I'm new here, of course, but here goes:

I've had this computer for several years, and the Recycle Bin has always worked fine. Now, however, when I delete something, it doesn't go to the Recycle Bin like it used to, it just disappears. My computer guru/repairman said to check the Bin properties and make sure the box was unchecked for "Do not move files to the recycle bin/Remove files immediately when deleted". I did that, and the box IS unchecked. I tried checking it, and hit "Apply", closed the bin. Reopened it and then UN-checked the box again and hit apply, but nothing seems to help.

Can anyone suggest anything to get my Recycle Bin working again?

Thanks for any help.

Bernie Pederson

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#2 boopme


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 08:29 PM

Hello please run this small script.

This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes.

Go to Start Run and type: regedit
Click OK.
On the left side, click to highlight My Computer at the top.
Go up to File Export
Make sure in that window there is a tick next to "All" under Export Branch.
Leave the "Save As Type" as "Registration Files".
Under "Filename" put RegBackup.
Choose to save it to C:\
Click save and then go to File Exit.

Or you can download and use ERUNT which is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.

Click on the link below:

Scroll down to line 64 and in the right-hand column, click on "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP" to download a small file.
To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.
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