I deleted C:\Recycler. How to re-create it?

September 27, 2011 at 09:05:42
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.5GHz / 1GB

Several weeks ago, my WinXP computer's recycle bin stopped working properly i.e. when I deleted a file, it didn't appear in Recycle Bin.

To make it work,
I've deleted C:\Recycler by running a simple MSDOS script I found on the Internet. I cannot remember the exact script but I remember it consisted or these two lines:

rd c:\Recycler (some extra options here)
attrib (some extra options here)

After running those two lines and restart, I've expected Windows to create a new and workning Recycle for me but it hasn't.

Now, I still have the initial problem (deleted items not appearing in Recycle Bin at the desktop) and plus I no longer have C:\Recycler.

How to create it again and make Recycle Bin work again?

Note:The Recycle Bin at the desktop is ok, i.e. it keeps on appearing on the desktop.

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September 27, 2011 at 11:15:23
This REG-file should bring back your recycle.bin
Copy and past it, save it to your desktop as e.g. RepairRecycleBin.reg and doubleclick on it.
Reboot your computer.

### START copy here ###

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Recycle Bin"

@="Recycle Bin"









### End copy here ###

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September 27, 2011 at 15:41:53
Hello and thank you for the suggestion

However, I still have no "C:\Recycler" folder after I have run the .reg file you've provided. Everything's exactly the same: Nothing's better and nothing's worse, all the same. When I delete a file, it's deleted for good, it's not recycled into anywhere, including the Recycle Bin icon at the desktop. (When I click the Recycle Bin icon at the desktop a folder opens in Windows Explorer but it's totally empty)

I guess, that Recycle problem in my computer is a tricky one.

Further information about the problem:

That Recycle Bin problem has appeared after I have upgraded to a SSD. I have cloned my HD into the new SSD using Acronis True Image.

I have set up system Virtual Memory to "no virtual memory" to make this new SSD setup to work properly.

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September 27, 2011 at 15:56:25
Ok, check this:
1. open regedit
2. navigate to this registry key

3. in the right pane, look for NoRecycleFiles
    if it's there, it's value is most likely set to 1
    If so, simply delete NoRecycleFiles, to reenable the recycle.bin function

You may have to restart to take effect.

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September 27, 2011 at 17:59:12
Hello and thank you again,

I've looked up that registry key but there's already no "NoRecycleFiles" key.

it's got only "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" with the value 0x91

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September 27, 2011 at 18:04:17
Ok so delete the NoRecycleFiles key from the registry and reboot the computer.

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September 27, 2011 at 19:14:53
If still needed, lots of XP fixes here, probably see the command ( script ) you used.

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September 27, 2011 at 22:32:37
This simple fix may work. control panel > Display, click on the "Desktop" tab then on left near bottom click "Customize Desktop" you should see some common icons and a box "Restore Defaults" click restore defaults and see if that brings back the recycle bin nice and easy.........or not.

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September 28, 2011 at 00:39:42
Did you happen to change Recycle Bin's properties and disable it?

Right-click Recycle Bin on your desktop and go to Properties. On the Global tab, ensure "Remove files immediately" is un-checked. Also, ensure "Display delete confirmation dialog" is checked. Lastly, select the radio button "Use one setting for all drives" to apply the settings on the Global tab to each of your hard drives.

Are you sure the Recycler folder isn't just hidden? In Folder Options > View tab, ensure "Show hidden files/folders" is selected and "Hide protected OS files" is un-checked.

These ideas may seem abecedarian, but it's good to start with the basics.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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September 28, 2011 at 02:43:11

paulsep, I tried to say that there was no "NoRecycleFiles" key to delete there, so haven't/couldn't delete that key.

HopperRox, I've selected Desktop defaults in Display settings, no change.
Xps86 I've applied all the changes you've talked about , still the same problem with just this note: After selecting "Display delete confirmation dialog" in Recycle Bin properties, it just shows an additional confirmation dialog box, then the situation's the same: the deleted file does not appear in Recycle bin.

Johnw I'll take a look at the fixes whose link you 've given.

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