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#1 siouxdax

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:13 AM

Hello all:
Firstly, this is concerning my laptop, not my desktop machine. I say this because I was having an issue with the desktop machine and posted here, so I don't want any confusion.

I noticed this evening that items I just deleted are not showing up in the recycle bin. I'm pretty sure that I don't have "delete items immediately/bypass recycle bin" option selected. (You may let me know where this option is located because I can't find it.) So after doing several system restores the problem is still there. I have created some test files to delete; still doesn't show up in the bin.

I have, though, deleted the contents of C:\\RECYCLER about a week or two ago. Why I did this is beyond me, but I thought that this information would help diagnose this issue.

Any help is very much appreciated!

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:20 AM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP - #64 on the right.

Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:23 AM

To check the recycle bin delete option:

RIGHT click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop.
Choose Properties.
Global tab.
Is "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted." checked? If so, uncheck it, click Apply, then OK.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:24 AM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP - #64 on the right.

Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.


How do I saver the .reg file? I'm not a novice PC user, I do know how to a lot of things. But this one I have no idea. :thumbsup: So how do I do this?

Edited by siouxdax, 07 September 2009 - 12:24 AM.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:25 AM

Try Queen-Evie's solution first:

To check the recycle bin delete option:

RIGHT click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop.
Choose Properties.
Global tab.
Is "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted." checked? If so, uncheck it, click Apply, then OK.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:28 AM

Try Queen-Evie's solution first:

To check the recycle bin delete option:

RIGHT click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop.
Choose Properties.
Global tab.
Is "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted." checked? If so, uncheck it, click Apply, then OK.



That box is unchecked. Next step?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:35 AM

To save the .reg file right click where it says "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP" on the Kelly Korner website and select "Save Target As...".
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:50 AM

To save the .reg file right click where it says "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP" on the Kelly Korner website and select "Save Target As...".


Okay, I have downloaded the .reg file and applied it, restarted. Created a test file, deleted it. Still not showing up in the Recycle Bin.

Yikes! What now?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:00 AM

Try this fix:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810869
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:19 AM

Try this fix:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810869


Still having the same issue. Yikes, I'm getting frustrated. I don't want to have to completely reinstall Windows....

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:37 AM

MIRACLE!
I went back and did a system restore that was further back than my last one.

I created another test file, deleted it. Didn't show up in the Recycle Bin. So, for some reason, I right-click on the Recycle Bin, selected 'empty Recycle Bin". It asked if I wanted to delete these 42 files, click OK. So I did. Went back to try deleting another test file. Surprisingly it showed up! Tried it a couple more times. They showed up!

So is it possible that I may have installed something that would cause this? I always create a System Restore before installing anything, and lately I only installed a casino/card game.

Funny, though, after performing the restore those games are still there and functioning. Odd....

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:47 AM

I have, though, deleted the contents of C:\\RECYCLER about a week or two ago.

I would say this is the likely cause of your problem.

It is important to remember that System Restore does NOT restore your entire computer back to a previous state. System Restore only takes a snapshot of critical system files and some program files and registry settings
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:52 AM

I have, though, deleted the contents of C:\\RECYCLER about a week or two ago.

I would say this is the likely cause of your problem.

It is important to remember that System Restore does NOT restore your entire computer back to a previous state. System Restore only takes a snapshot of critical system files and some program files and registry settings


Okay, I follow you about System Restore. Can we consider this issue fixed?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:59 AM

If you're no longer experiencing any problems I think we can consider it fixed.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 02:01 AM

Thank you so very much! I hate to repeat myself, but you guys rock!

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