Recycle bin is gone. How to restore it


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John Wirt

The Recycle Bin is gone on my Win2K machine. How can I restore it?

Except when I right click on the Desktop and select Settings, there are TWO
Recycle Bin icons. One says "Recycle Bin (full)" and the other one says
Recycle Bin (empty)."

The web site has a .REG file for restoring the Recycle Bin but there is no
indication if the registry modification is for XP or 2000, or both. I am
reluctant to run a registry modification if it is designed for XP.

Without the Recycle Bin, I cannot, for example, empty the Recycle Bin.

John Wirt
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

John Wirt said:
The Recycle Bin is gone on my Win2K machine. How can I restore it?

Except when I right click on the Desktop and select Settings, there are TWO
Recycle Bin icons. One says "Recycle Bin (full)" and the other one says
Recycle Bin (empty)."

The web site has a .REG file for restoring the Recycle Bin but there is no
indication if the registry modification is for XP or 2000, or both. I am
reluctant to run a registry modification if it is designed for XP.

Without the Recycle Bin, I cannot, for example, empty the Recycle Bin.

John Wirt

This might help:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810869
 
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John Wirt

Good plan but the required key (Option 2 in the Microsoft instructions) is
already in the registry.

==>Should I try deleting and recreating it?

The other possibility listed by Microsoft is that the Recycle Bin has been
turned off by some Windows tweak program. I am not a "tweakui" person and do
not remember ever doing this with other Windows "tuneup" program or
whatever.

Howveer, I suppose it is possible I did this some time. I have run the JV16
registry cleanup program and some other one. Could this turn off the Recycle
Bin?

Since I have no way of knowing what the size of my Recycle Bin is and cannot
see it, I fear it has gigbaytes of dead files in it.

There is this one clue that I have two Recycle Bin icons in
Desktop/Settings, with one saying "full."

I have two physical drives that are similiarly. configured. Each has a
primary partition, an extended partition, and 4 volumes inside the extended
partition. ==>Is this multi-partition setup messing up the Recycle Bin/

Anyway, I would like to get my Recycle Bin back.

John
 
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Dave Patrick

Also check that the D_Word value in method 1 is set to zero (if it exists)

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Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Good plan but the required key (Option 2 in the Microsoft instructions) is
| already in the registry.
|
| ==>Should I try deleting and recreating it?
|
| The other possibility listed by Microsoft is that the Recycle Bin has been
| turned off by some Windows tweak program. I am not a "tweakui" person and
do
| not remember ever doing this with other Windows "tuneup" program or
| whatever.
|
| Howveer, I suppose it is possible I did this some time. I have run the
JV16
| registry cleanup program and some other one. Could this turn off the
Recycle
| Bin?
|
| Since I have no way of knowing what the size of my Recycle Bin is and
cannot
| see it, I fear it has gigbaytes of dead files in it.
|
| There is this one clue that I have two Recycle Bin icons in
| Desktop/Settings, with one saying "full."
|
| I have two physical drives that are similiarly. configured. Each has a
| primary partition, an extended partition, and 4 volumes inside the
extended
| partition. ==>Is this multi-partition setup messing up the Recycle Bin/
|
| Anyway, I would like to get my Recycle Bin back.
|
| John
 
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John Wirt

Method 1 in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810869
says,

Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDes
ktopIcons\NewStartPanel

In my Registory, there is no key under Explorer called HideDesktopIcons. So,
Method 1 cannot provide a solution for me and presumably my Rcycle Bin is
not gone because of some "tweak" program I ran. I do not remember runnning
one but this is not probitive.

Is there anyway to force Windows 2000 to repair the Recycle Bin?

John Wirt

..
 
E

Enkidu

John said:
Method 1 in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810869
says,

Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDes
ktopIcons\NewStartPanel

In my Registory, there is no key under Explorer called HideDesktopIcons. So,
Method 1 cannot provide a solution for me and presumably my Rcycle Bin is
not gone because of some "tweak" program I ran. I do not remember runnning
one but this is not probitive.

Is there anyway to force Windows 2000 to repair the Recycle Bin?

John Wirt

.
Have you been running a registry cleaner?

Cheers,

Cliff
 
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Gary Smith

If you supect that the recycle bin has been corrupted, you can delete it
and have Windows recreate it. (This situation is independent of the
problem of having an icon on the desktop.)

To delete the recycle bin, open Windows Explorer and enable the folder
display if necessary. Make sure that the option to hide protected
operating system files is NOT enabled. (Despite Microsoft's
recommendation, it's better to have these always displayed.) You should
see a folder named "Recycled". That's where the recycle bin is actually
implemented. Right-click on the folder, hold down the shift key and click
Delete. Windows will ask if you really want to do that. You do. The
folder will be recreated when it is next needed.

In a few cases, corruption may be bad enough that Explorer will be unable
to delete the folder. That situation can usually be dealt with from the
command line. To do that, open a command window: Start > Run, type "cmd",
press Enter. In the command window, type
RD /S \Recycled
Reply to the confirmation prompt with a "y", and the folder is deleted.


John Wirt said:
Sorry, the "Work Around" method in
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;810869 works.
I can get at my Recycle Bin again. The method is not pretty but it works.
This is fine.
Thank you.


Dave Patrick said:
Also check that the D_Word value in method 1 is set to zero (if it exists)

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Good plan but the required key (Option 2 in the Microsoft instructions) is
| already in the registry.
|
| ==>Should I try deleting and recreating it?
|
| The other possibility listed by Microsoft is that the Recycle Bin has been
| turned off by some Windows tweak program. I am not a "tweakui" person and
do
| not remember ever doing this with other Windows "tuneup" program or
| whatever.
|
| Howveer, I suppose it is possible I did this some time. I have run the
JV16
| registry cleanup program and some other one. Could this turn off the
Recycle
| Bin?
|
| Since I have no way of knowing what the size of my Recycle Bin is and
cannot
| see it, I fear it has gigbaytes of dead files in it.
|
| There is this one clue that I have two Recycle Bin icons in
| Desktop/Settings, with one saying "full."
|
| I have two physical drives that are similiarly. configured. Each has a
| primary partition, an extended partition, and 4 volumes inside the
extended
| partition. ==>Is this multi-partition setup messing up the Recycle Bin/
|
| Anyway, I would like to get my Recycle Bin back.
|
| John
 
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Gary Smith

Yes, sorry. That was a senior moment on my part. The folder is called
Recycler on NTFS volumes and Recycled on FAT-16 volumes. I don't know
about FAT-32.
 
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