Cannot empty Recycle Bin on my desktop.

October 26, 2012 at 01:21:14
Specs: Windows XP
I've been told that I should empty my Recycle Bin, but when I open the Recycle Bin icon, the "empty recycle bin" function is greyed out, and I just can't restore that function - I've tried sending more rubbish to the bin, but no luck - can anyone help ??? Thanks. Pete.

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#1
October 26, 2012 at 01:50:38
Go to Start, Run and type: cmd, right click on the returned, cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the prompt copy and paste the following:

rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

Now press enter, you may need to restart for it to take effect.

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#2
October 26, 2012 at 03:20:22
I can get as far as the cmd.exe, but it doesn't offer the "run as administrator" option as it's in ms.dos , and the options offered when I right-click are Mark, copy/enter (greyed out), Paste, Select All, Scroll and Find... - am I missing something ?

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#3
October 26, 2012 at 03:58:53
Here's an easier fix.
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Look for #64 fix. And click on "Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP" to the right of that.
It's a .reg file that can be downloaded then double-clicked. It will then ask to Run let it. (Turn off script blocking AV protection)

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#4
October 26, 2012 at 04:49:20
Is Norton installed on your system? Recycle Bin Protection enabled?

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#5
October 26, 2012 at 05:47:15
Yes, Norton is installed - and I can't get rid of it !

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#6
October 26, 2012 at 11:02:41
The usual reason for AV's (and firewalls) not uninstalling is that they have to be switched off before doing so. Whatever, here are Norton removal tools if that's what you want to do. You have to select the appropriate one from the list and it will work even if Norton is still running:
https://www-secure.symantec.com/nor...

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#7
October 26, 2012 at 12:30:21
You don't run command prompt as admin except in windows 7. Since this is xp this isn't a option which is why you didn't see it.

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#8
October 27, 2012 at 02:40:06
Hi Wanderer,
So is there a way of sorting this problem with XP ? I keep trying, but can't get there-
I'd just like to get this fixed and free up the space, 'cos I cleared a lot of Junk Files
using FixBee, and they all went to the Recycle Bin.
Please be aware that I'm no expert with PC's. !!!
Cheers,
Pete.

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#9
October 28, 2012 at 17:09:04
1: Uninstall Norton as per Derek's post, then uninstall FixBee

2: Reboot & tell us if the problem remains.


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#10
October 29, 2012 at 02:00:22
Hello Johnw,
Yes, I've uninstalled them both and I the "empty recycle bin" command is still greyed out - what do you suggest from here ?
Cheers,
Pete.

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#11
October 29, 2012 at 03:05:19
Hi Pete701.

Screenshot ( SS ) please of the final window >> Maximum allowed Recycle Bin size Properties.

Start >> Run >> gpedit.msc >> Under user Configuration >> Administrative templates >>> Windows Components >> Select Windows Explorer >> In the Right Pane >> Maximum allowed Recycle Bin size >>> Open it With Double Click.

SS of >> Right click on Recycle Bin >>> Properties >> Global & any other tab next to it.

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