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Windows 7: Recycle Bin File association error

02 Apr 2015   #1

Recycle Bin File association error

I have a problem with the recycle bin in windows 7, I am unable to empty my recycle bin on my desktop (windows 7), every time I do I get the following error:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action,please install a program or if one is already installed create an association in the default programs control panel "

I have tried doing restore to an earlier time and still the problem persists. I have tried running malware bytes and check disk and still there same problem.
I have also done:

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

and that doesn't work. I have tried creating a new user area and that doesn't work either. Please can somebody help.



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02 Apr 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

C:\$Recycle.bin and the Recycle bin on you desktop are two different things.

C:\$Recycle.bin should be locked by default.

Can you empty the Recycle Bin that has a desktop icon?

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03 Apr 2015   #3


Its the desktop recycle bin that I cannot empty
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14 Apr 2015   #4
Alice Phoebe


This issue might occur because of a potential virus.
Since when are you facing this issue?
Are you facing this issue after installing any Windows Updates?
You may try :
You may run the fixit from the following link and check if that makes any difference:
Diagnose and repair Windows File and Folder Problems automatically
The fixit automatically diagnose and repair problems with files and folders in Windows, like deleting files or folders from the recycle bin, or trying to copy, move, rename or delete a file.
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