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Recycle Bin Icon Does Not Point To Recycle Bin Folder

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Kaycee3, Mar 9, 2013.

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  1. Kaycee3

    Kaycee3 Thread Starter

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    I had a problem deleting an older version of Firefox. The Firefox Setup .exe file was stuck in the Recycle Bin, it wouldn't delete and it wouldn't restore. Believing that the Recycle Bin was corrupt, I used this method from the DOS prompt:

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

    I refreshed my Desktop and when I clicked on the Recycle Bin. While the file appeared to be missing, the Recycle Bin would not load properly so I restarted my computer.

    Now when I click on the Recycle Bin icon, it points to my entire computer (exactly the same as clicking on "Computer" off the Start Menu) instead of the Recycle Bin folder.

    How can I restore the Recycle Bin icon so that it shows only the contents of the Recycle Bin?

    My gratitude to any and all who can help me.
     
  2. huggie54

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    hi,you should perform a System Restore back to a date before the problem began
     
  3. Kaycee3

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    Thanks for your suggestion!

    Because I have Windows 7, it doesn't routinely set restore points and so I didn't even try a System Restore. However, I had updated Java this week and the restore point from that still existed.

    After the System Restore, I clicked on the Recycle Bin icon. The Recycle Bin showed the proper file and the contents from before were there as well. I emptied the Recycle Bin successfully! I thought for sure the problem file that I had before would be stuck there.

    Ahhhh. The miracle of System Restore!

    Thanks so much for your help. My saga is over.

    Do you have suggestions on how to get System Restore to make ongoing restore points?
     
  4. huggie54

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    hey glad that's sorted.now right-click on My Computer and select properties,then click on the System Protection tab,put a tick in the box at the Windows 7 (C:) (System) line
     
  5. Kaycee3

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    Thanks for the continued help!

    My System Protection tab doesn't have the feature you described.

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  6. huggie54

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    your system is set for restore points,was thinking of Vista when sent you instructions-sorry about that.
     
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