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Windows 7: Recycle Bin won't empty.

26 Feb 2018   #1
therealsimpsons

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Recycle Bin won't empty.

Recently I did a total nuke on my HD and switched back to Win7 from Win10. The reason is the software on an old game that I have played online for 25 years won't open on Win10. You do what you have to do.

Some how, a file called 'windows old' was added to my C: drive, and every time my virus protection does a scan, it is prolonged by the scanning of that file, which is essentially the same files it has just scanned. The switch was made over 3 months ago.

I've tried several times to delete the file, and it is so large, the deletion process is forever. Yesterday, I tried to delete it, and the system said the file was too large to go in the recycle bin, do I want to permanently delete it? I clicked yes, and just let it run. This morning I got up and most of the file was gone except for two folders, which I was able to delete to the recycle bin. Now when I open it and click on 'empty recycle bin' nothing happens.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

TRS


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26 Feb 2018   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello TRS, :)

If you haven't already, refresh (F5) the Recycle Bin to see if it that may help if it's just a refresh issue.

If the files are not being deleted, then you might see if the method in the tutorial below may be able to fix it.

Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows Windows 10 Tutorials
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26 Feb 2018   #3
therealsimpsons

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

You gave me a Win10 tutorial for Win7 issue. However, I did as instructed and got an error message:
Invalid Switch..see picture. Now what?


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26 Feb 2018   #4
z3r010

 

You have typed it wrong, look at /q you have q/

it should be rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin
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26 Feb 2018   #5
therealsimpsons

Win 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thank you BRINK, and z3r010. After overcoming my dyslexia, it worked. Super appreciation to both of you!
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26 Feb 2018   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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