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Recycle Bin is corrupted on Windows XP

March 16th, 2011. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.


I fixed this today using a bit of info I found on here. Google-fu will turn up a lot of different suggestions. Even the Kelly’s Korner registry file failed to work for this one. Once we did see the “The Recycle Bin on c:\ is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin for this drive?” error.

Basically, you make sure you have “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” UN-checked in Explorer, which you find by clicking Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab from an Explorer window. Then you’ll be able to see the hidden “RECYCLER” folder on the root of each drive.

If you rename the RECYCLER folder on the drive that has a corrupted Recycle Bin, then delete something on that same drive, Windows will create a new RECYCLER folder and the problem will be resolved.

I suggest re-checking “Hide protected operating system files” in Explorer when you are done.