Restore deleted recycle bin issue

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I have a very simple question. I accidentally deleted the recycle bin from my desktop. I have looked for the recycle on my computer, but have not been able to find it.

I would like to know where the recycle bin is located and what the steps are to restore the recycle bin.

I did a system restore on my computer and expected it to restore my recycle bin, but it did not. 

Since that i deleted the recycle bin, will i also loose the information that was in the recycle bin? Or will that information still be available once the recycle bin has been restored to its original location.

I have Windows XP Professional installed on my computer.

Please help.


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Answered By 0 points N/A #123378

Restore deleted recycle bin issue


Hi there

Here are ways that you can restore back your Recycle Bin on your desktop. Don't worry, none of your files should have been deleted inside the recycle bin.

  • Right click on your desktop.
  • Go to Properties then go to the Desktop tab.
  • Click the Customize button then Restore Default.
  • Exit all windows and restart your computer.

If the above doesn't work, another way is to edit your registry to show it:

  • Click Start then Run
  • Type in regedit and the Registry Editor should appear.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerDesktopNameSpace
  • Right click on NameSpace and choose Edit>New>Key.
  • Put this value, including the brackets {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Press enter, exit the registry and restart your computer.
Answered By 0 points N/A #123379

Restore deleted recycle bin issue


HI Cole Williams,

To fix this issue in Windows Vista, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, click Personalization, and then click Change desktop icons.
  3. Click to select the Recycle Bin check box, and then click OK.

 TO fix this issue in Windows XP, follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the desktop then click on properties.
  2. Then click on desktop and click on customize desktop
  3. Click on recycle bin.

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