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Windows 7: Recycle Bin Icon White, Won't Empty

25 Feb 2017   #1
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Recycle Bin Icon White, Won't Empty

Hi,

My Recycle Bin icon shows as a white rectangle and I'm not able to empty it.

Thoughts?


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25 Feb 2017   #2
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I tried running an elevated command prompt with

rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

But it says "the system cannot find the file specified"
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25 Feb 2017   #3
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Can I delete the corrupt recycle bin and have Windows give me a new one after a restart?
Is this safe to do?
How can I get to the Recycle Bin folder to delete it?

I'm getting kind of desperate.
Sometimes when I get frustrated with this kind of problem, I make bad decisions.

Somebody help please.
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25 Feb 2017   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LovelyFlipper View Post
I tried running an elevated command prompt with

rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

But it says "the system cannot find the file specified"
Try this:

rd /s /q %systemdrive%\$RECYCLE.BIN

Other than that try PC Hunter

Download PC Hunter - MajorGeeks

On the file expand each drive and choose the option to force delete recycle bin for each.
Recycle Bin Icon White, Won't Empty-pc-hunter.jpg
When done exit the program and refresh desktop (by right clicking on a blank area and choosing refesh option)

Then reboot.


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25 Feb 2017   #5
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Callender,
Thanks so much for the help!

I copied and pasted the command prompt you offered and still got the message
"the system cannot find the file specified"

Then I downloaded PC Hunter.

After expanding the C drive under the File tab, I don't see the recycle bin listed.

I do have my File Folders option set to show hidden files.

Any suggestions?

Thank s
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26 Feb 2017   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You need to do the same for all drives if you have additional drives other than C drive. Then you need to refresh desktop and reboot.

Other suggestions:

Rebuild icon cache: How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows

See Option One in the tutorial linked above.

Also try this:

How to Change, Remove, or Restore the Shortcut Arrow Overlay Icon in Windows

Use Option Three Step 4 - download No_Shortcut_Arrow.reg and follow the instructions. If anything is overlaying your recycle bin icon this should fix it.
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26 Feb 2017   #7
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

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26 Feb 2017   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I personally would start with something simple.

SFC /SCANNOW using cmd. prompt.

This tutorial by Brink will guide you.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Jack
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27 Feb 2017   #9
LovelyFlipper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

First I would like to thank all of you for taking the time and effort to help me.

I tried all the various suggestions and nothing helped.
In desperation, I downloaded CCleaner.
I paid for the professional version.
I believe you get what you pay for and if someone took the time to design software that is helpful, they should be compensated.
I ran all the various cleaning tools and after a reboot, my normal looking Recycle Bin was back!

It was now empty.
I put something in it and clicked on Empty Recycle Bin at the top of the window.
Nothing happened.
I right clicked on the item and selected delete and it disappeared into the universe!
So I'm going to call this 95% solved.

Maybe with this information, one of you can figure out what actually fixed it.
Thanks again for your help.
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27 Feb 2017   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Right click recycle bin icon and check settings there. Can't figure out why Ccleaner fixed it.

EDIT:

RE: PC Hunter. It's a portable program so you can just delete the folder if not required.
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