Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Recycle Bin - bug - cannot empty

12 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bits
Recycle Bin - bug - cannot empty

Hello sevenf communauty,
i'm posting my first post here, i have a small bug with my recycle bin i cannot empty it and there is an error on the .ico (it looks like if there is nothing in, in fact there is few files...

I cannnot empty my reclycle bin.

Empty Trash doesn't work

Missing empty trash onglet and the icons is not correct (empty)

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Flav,

Are you not able to actually empty (permanently delete files) the Recycle Bin, or is this just an issue with it's icon?

If you are unable to delete the files in Recycle Bin, then the tutorial below may be able to help with that.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder - Vista Forums

For the icon not refreshing issue, the tutorial below may be able to help with that.

Recycle Bin - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bits

Hello Brink,

Thanks for the answer, i tried both links, the first clean by hands the $Recycle.bin files but i still without "empty recycle bin" context menu, and inside the explorer the button does'nt work, this is weird. I have also an error alert when i right-clik > property : Properties for this element aren't available.

Still searching for a solution of this issue
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Jan 2013   #4


Have you ran an sfc/scannow? Might help.....

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2013   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


You might consider doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully fix it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Recycle Bin - bug - cannot empty

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How often should you empty your recycle bin
Dear Forum, I am just enquring as to whether or not too permantely delete the contents in my recycle bin and if it is affecting the performance of my machine. I had the Norton team delete the back up of the previous version of their software and I went for assistance online and they decided...
Performance & Maintenance
empty recycle bin
when i visit my recycle bin it is always empty ,even after i have just deleted items. somtimes i want to restore an item but it's not there where are they going. can anyone tell me please.
General Discussion
Getting back 'Empty Recycle Bin' Context Menu On Recycle Bin
Hey! I accidentally removed my Empty Recycle Bin option from Recycle Bin context menu while playing around with context menu editing tool (Windows 7 Manager). I cannot to system restore because I installed many things, etc. which would be hassle to sort out. Could you please provide me with a...
recycle bin may not be empty
I had 155gb on my hard drive and then added several .iso and video files, which reduced the hard drive to about 130gb.. Then I deleted all the iso and related video files and now there are only 144gb remaining on my hard drive, the equivalent to one movie. How can I find and delete the ghost...
How to empty E:\$RECYCLE.BIN
I have an external HDD that when I run a print directory of it I end up with 300 lines of misc. previously deleted items that are still appearing with names (no actual files or size but 300 plus folders and files of no size all named anything that's been deleted off the drive). I have tried...
Performance & Maintenance
Empty Recycle Bin
Does anybody know How to add "Empty Recycle Bin" to the Right Click context menu in windows7
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:45.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App

Windows 7 Forums