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Windows 7: $RECYCLE.BIN folder shows on drives although "Don't Show Hidden" set

05 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
$RECYCLE.BIN folder shows on drives although "Don't Show Hidden" set

Under Folder Options, I have the "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives" checked.

Yet, there is a folder called $RECYCLE.BIN on every drive showing when I'm viewing my folders.

I don't recall it showing before I had to do a malware and virus sweep.

Does this mean it is not a hidden file, or that its attributes were changed?

If so, is it safe to change it back to hidden manually?

TIA

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05 Jun 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Webbiz,

Yep, if the $RECYCLE.BIN folders are not faded, then it sounds like the hidden and/or system attribute has been cleared for them. You could open a elevated command prompt, and type the command below and press Enter for each $RECYCLE.BIN for each drive letter one at a time to add these attributes back.
attrib +s +h "C:\$Recycle.Bin" /s /d
Repeat the command above substituting C for each drive letter you have a $RECYCLE.BIN folder on.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you very much!
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06 Jun 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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22 Jul 2014   #5

Windows 7 x86
 
 

didn't work for me!!! it is STILL there!!!
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22 Jul 2014   #6

Windows 7 x86
 
 

scratch that, I had to close the window & reopen it
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22 Jul 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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