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Windows 7: Emptying Recycle Bin freezes desktop

11 Apr 2013   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums maluus.
Since we haven't solved this yet for the OP, try everything that has been suggested.


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12 Apr 2013   #12
Rumandolin

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigagiggles View Post
Are there external hard drives in this system? Loose cabling?

Does Device Manager indicate anything out-of-sorts?

Does Event Viewer provide any info for those times when the freeze occurs?

Maybe generate a system info report.
Hi, thanks for replying. There are external hard-drives, but it makes no differences if they're connected or not. Nothing I can see that suggests a problem in Device Manager. I haven't tried (or heard of tbh!) Event Viewer: I'll try that.

I'm wondering now if it might be connected to some software plugins I installed (IK Multimedia Total Studio 3). The authorisation manager I downloaded to do this asked if I wanted to install as system administrator, to which I clicked 'yes' (as I was supposed to). However, for some reason it seems they weren't authorised properly, as I can't currently use the plugins without being asked for authorisation again (IK Multimedia have said I'll need to reinstall). Now I think about it, the problem started after I tried after this to put the download folder (NB: not installed files!) for the authorisation software in the recycle bin. A window popped up saying I didn't have the authorisation to do this, and the system got itself in a loop where the window kept appearing, which I could only get out of by restarting.
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12 Apr 2013   #13
Rumandolin

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Okay, I've tried a system restore: the system won't restore. It seems there's a (now removed) plugin that's preventing the system from completing the restore. Tried it three times from different places. I can't restore from any later because that will be after the problem started. I might try an Icon Cache Rebuild if I don't get any where any other way. Scared about a Repair install, especially as I have a feeling it might be overkill if this is just a simple corruption of the recycle bin.

I've been reading around some more, and tried something recommended on Windows 7: How to Reset the Recycle Bin | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial - namely deleting $Recycle.Bin, whichapparently should be on the root of the C: . Problem is, I can't find it - even if I search the whole C: (yes, I have enabled viewing of hidden files).

Anyone have any suggestions? Am I looking in the wrong place?
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12 Apr 2013   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You'll have to enable View System files to see it.
option One, step Four.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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12 Apr 2013   #15
maluus

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums maluus.
Since we haven't solved this yet for the OP, try everything that has been suggested.
Well I have tried everything so far. SFC, icon rebuild, disabling recycle bin deleting all the folders then enabling it again. but to no avail.
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12 Apr 2013   #16
maluus

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
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Well problem for me was very stupid (of me clearly because never gave it a thought) you know when you right click and choese the empty trash a confirmation dialog pops up and you choose yes. I use a dual screen setup and my dialog box appears other screen which happen to be my LCD TV and not actively on PC. so I am not aware of dialog box. It just came to my mind if it shows any dialog on any of the display and when I check the TV screen voila

but until now I wasn't aware of that normally it freezes the desktop uıntil you confirm the empty operation. apperantly I m too quick to click yes that never noticed desktop is out of focus

well people learn everyday. thanks for your help. I hope OP's problem is also this simple
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12 Apr 2013   #17
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

LOL, we all do silly things at times. that's good to hear you figured it out.
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12 Apr 2013   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Glad you figured it out. It would help if you filled in your system specs completely. That would give those who try to help a better idea of what they are working with.
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13 Apr 2013   #19
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Nice deduction maluus!

I wonder if the Original Poster (OP) has a dual screen setup that we don't know about?
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13 Apr 2013   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Would be nice to hear back from Rumandolin.
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