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Recycle bin never empty

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by edd_yahondi, Nov 27, 2006.

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  1. edd_yahondi

    edd_yahondi Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2006
    Imm wondering as why i have not deleted anything but my recycle bin is always shown as full. Then if I right click on it an press empty it will say are you sure you want to delete these 2 items?? but when i look in the bin there is nothing in there??

    any help would be very appreciated
  2. Augie65


    Mar 23, 2005
    Try this:
    Delete any file (just to make sure there's something in the bin).
    Then, with the Recycle Bin CLOSED (do not open it), right click the Recycle Bin desktop icon, select:
    Empty Recycle Bin, and when the Confirm File Delete dialog box comes up, click OK.

    Then reboot your system.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    One reason this happens is if you disconnect an external drive that has data in the recycle bin without emptying it. If you have an external drive, you might try connecting it, then emptying the recycle bin.

    If that fails, try this fix from Kelly's Corner, scroll down and on the right side of the page at line 64. Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP
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