Recycle bin icon on desktop

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azcawho

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My friend has a new computer with Windows SE installed. There is no Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. How can this be added to the desktop?
 
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It will take a Registry edit. In RegEdit navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace. Create a new key and name it {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}. Then RIGHT click the new key and select Modify. Give the Default value of this key a string value of "Recycle Bin." Exit RegEdit, click once on the Desktop and hit F5 to Refresh. Your bin should be back. Registry editing is recommended for experienced users only. Improper editing can have serious consequences. Edited keys should first be exported as a precaution.
 
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I'm not sure whether to post a new thread or add to this one but since I have somewhat of the same problem...

My recycle bin icon is what I think of as the default (the first icon choice in shell32.dll) instead of the waste basket. This resulted after I had to manually remove NSW (Norton) 2002 from the registry as a result of a crash. I have tried the "recycled.reg" fix as well as checked every registry reference to "shell32.dll, 32" or "shell32.dll, 31" all of which seem to be correct. Nothing seems to get me back to the right icon. The recycle bin seems to be intact and working properly and the properties seem correct, but the icon is just wrong.

Any ideas?
 

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Right click a blank spot on the desktop and choose properties (or use 'Display' from Control Panel) and set the system icons up under the Effects tab. Highlight the icon of interest and choose the Default button in most cases.

If you have TweakUI you might try rebuilding the icons (under it's Repair Tab)
If you don't have it and you want it - the newer TweakUI lives at
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/PowerToys/Networking/NTTweakUI.asp
 
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I can't believe that was such a simple fix. The "effects" idea worked like a charm. Can you explain to me why I was getting the "default" icon (paper page with corner folded and Windows Explorer folder pictured) even though my registry entries all called for "shell32.dll, 32" or "shell32.dll,31". I sort of got the idea looking at the properties/effects screen that the registry command to show the baskets had been superceded by the command in "effects". Is this anywhere close to right? Thanks for the help................Dave
 
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BTW, one more thing, I had already tried a rebuild with Tweak UI without any success. Thanks again...Dave
 

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It was likely pointed at a non-existant resource for the icon (removed file) - the 'white page' is default for unknown (no icon associated) or for "I cain't find the darn thing"
The thing with figuring out the registry on that one - is that it's actually quite awkward to track down. Norton (and others like tweak) put 'icon handlers' in (usu. a refererence to a CLSID existing elsewhere in the registry) - so that you're not always in the correct spot in the registry (following the chain can be annoying).
 
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