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Windows 7: Recycle Bin missing its properties and its icon is generic

24 Jan 2018   #1
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Recycle Bin missing its properties and its icon is generic

The Recycle Bin is not corrupt! I can open it and see if anything is in it and delete the contents individually, but "empty recycle bin" does not work and the properties are not available. Please see image.

I followed here several posts' instructions and nothing worked.
1. "sfc /scannow" reports that there are no problems.
2. Deleted all $Recycle Bin files, and rebooted.
3. Cleared the icon cache and rebuilt it.

What have I missed?




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28 Jan 2018   #2
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hi ineuw, You could try to right click on the desktop, personalize, change desktop icons, and check the
box for recycle bin, if you have not already tried this, and the below tutorial by Brink will help you with
the properties of the recycle bin.


Recycle Bin Properties - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Help Forums
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28 Jan 2018   #3
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hi again, This is another one to look at.



Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon - Windows 7 Help
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29 Jan 2018   #4
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Ethel, thanks for the info, unfortunately it's not working for me. The Desktop Personalize icons for the Recycle Bin are correct . . . When I click to restore the defaults, the empty and full icons are displayed respectively. But the icons do not show up on the desktop and instead it displays an empty space. The issue is that the mechanism of the Recycle Bin is not functioning. The "Properties" label exists when the context menu is activated, but the Bin has no properties (please see the enclosed image) and the folder's "Empty the Recycling Bin" control is not functioning. Items that I delete appear in the folder, and to delete them I select all and click delete, as I would in any normal folder. On the other hand, the Restore function works (surprisingly).


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29 Jan 2018   #5
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hi again, I have been looking around some more, and on the below link there is a solution by Brink for
add empty recycle bin to recycle bin context menu. I do not know about the blank desktop icon, will look
some more.



How to Add "Empty Recycle Bin" to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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29 Jan 2018   #6
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hi again, I forgot to mention before that it would not hurt to try sfc /scannow a second time to see if this
helps.
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29 Jan 2018   #7
ineuw

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

ethel, thanks again for our your efforts but please don't waste more of your time on this issue. I have done sfc /scannow for the third time and everything is OK. So is Chkdsk c: /f on boot. The Recycle Bin works with the context menu "Empty Recycle Bin", so the only thing is missing is the icon and the control button on the Explorer toolbar. I am sure that a solution will be found.

After the first posting, I restored the last Macrium mirror backup, (4 days old and there is no data on the C: drive.) The Recycle Bin icon and the Explorer control button worked as they should, but after a couple of days the same problem returned. I made no Windows update in that time.
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29 Jan 2018   #8
ethel

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hi ineuw, Sorry that the icon issue is still there, and you are not wasting my time, I just wanted to try to
help, but I do not know what to do about the icon. Maybe someone else may have an answer to it.
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29 Jan 2018   #9
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Voila!!

https://www.online-tech-tips.com/win...windows-vista/

The link explains the difference between the recycle bin full or empty icons.
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29 Jan 2018   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello ineuw, :)

If you haven't already, you might see if either tutorial below may help fix the Recycle Bin.

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums

Performance Maintenance - Recycle Bin | Vista Forums
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