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How do empty recycle bin from command line

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ajpow365, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. ajpow365

    ajpow365 Thread Starter

    Oct 5, 2007
    I am creating a .bat file to do a task and after it is complete, I delete some files.

    How do I clear the recycle bin?

    Can't seem to get a good answer.

  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    The files shouldn't be in the recycle bin. They will be "permanently" deleted.
  3. VegasRage


    Jun 26, 2008
    Assuming you want to script clearing the recycle bin as part of an automated cleanup, then easiest way to do it thoroughly is to use the CleanMgr utility from the command line.
    Create a text file titled “DiskCleanmgr.reg” in the same directory as your batch file and copy and paste the below 4 lines into it.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Recycle Bin]

    Then in your batch file add the below two lines

    regedit /s DiskCleanmgr.reg
    cleanmgr /sagerun:1

    The reason I have made the option /sagerun:1 is because the StateFlags0001 in the regedit file is set to 1. If you didn’t do the registry hack then you would have to manually pick the recycle bin after running the command cleanmgr /sageset:1, the registry file keeps setting the options silent. When run the utility graphically launches but runs and closes automatically.
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