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Deleting files permanently removes them instead of moving to Recycle Bin

Q: Deleting files permanently removes them instead of moving to Recycle Bin

Dear All,
I have been searching a solution for this strange issue for long. I'm an IT Admin in a windows domain where few PCs are affected with this issue. When users delete files, it gets deleted permanently and do not go to Recycle Bin. Users do get alert that file
will be deleted permanently. I searched a lot and tried few solutions found. Let me brief what I tried so far;

This is the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box, which is strange that I don't see drives there.
After doing a lot of search, I tried few solutions. One is to delete $Recycle.Bin folder for all drives and restarting computer. Then tried deleting a single file. Though this method recreated $Recycle.Bin hidden folders, it didn't fix my problem.Then I found somewhere that booting in safe mode and then deleting a file would repair any issues with Recycle Bin. Tried that as well. Didn't fix my problem.

Please note that all of above actions done and screenshots taken are from an Admin account. Is there anything further I can try to fix this issue? Why did this happen in first place?

Thank you all

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I am having a problem with deleting files in Windows 7, when I delete a file, it asks if I want to send it to the recycle bin, and I say "yes" but if I go into the recycle bin, the file is not there and it is not in its original directory. it is like it decided to permanently delete and skip going to the recycle bin. When I sort the recycle bin by 'date deleted', the last thing in the recycle bin is a few weeks old. I have deleted many things since the last date that the recycle bin says my last deleted file was. and I did not empty the recycle bin otherwise the files from a few weeks ago would be also gone. I googled the problem but Google only showed results on how to bypass the recycle bin and permanently delete but it showed nothing about Windows doing it on its own. Please help me fix this because I lost an mp3 that I made because of this problem.

A:files are permanently deleting instead of going to the recycle bin

Do you still have the 'Recycle bin' icon on the desktop ? If you do, right click on it and see if your version of properties is similar to mine in that the button 'Don't move files to the Recycle Bin . . .' is the active option.

 Recycle bin properties.JPG   32.32KB
Untick this button to get files to go back to the recycle bin. As you will see I don't use it, I just havve the warning message active.
Chris Cosgrove

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Hi... I have a Dell Laptop which is running Windows 7. Whenever i try to delete something, the dialogue box asks "would you like to permanently delete this file?" and seems to totally bypass the recycle bin.

I tried right clicking the recycle bin icon to change properties. The options for "Custom size" and "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" are UNCHECKED but are also both greyed out and cannot be changed! "Display delete confirmation dialog" is not grayed out, and is checked.

Also my C: drive doesn't have the Recycle.bin folder. I tried to fix the Recycle bin settings from command prompt by running : rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin. But still after restarting the computer the recycle.bin folder was not there.

Is there any fix for this?

A:My recycle bin isn't working, files are "permanently deleted" bypassing recycle bin,

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Hi... I have a Dell Laptop which is running Windows 7. Whenever i try to delete something, the dialogue box asks "would you like to permanently delete this file?" and seems to totally bypass the recycle bin.

I tried right clicking the recycle bin icon to change properties. The options for "Custom size" and "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" are UNCHECKED but are also both greyed out and cannot be changed!
"Display delete confirmation dialog" is not grayed out, and is checked.

I tried to fix the Recycle bin settings from command prompt by running : rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin. It didnt help
I am deleting files from the local drive.
I have tried creating a
new user account but the issue was not fixed. The laptop is in a domain. The above issue doesn't occur in safe mode. I tried to find out if a service or startup item is causing this but was not able to locate any. I have ran SFC scannow
and checkdisk, it didn't help.

There is no group policy which is affecting this.
Is there any fix for this issue??

A:My recycle bin isn't working, files are "permanently deleted" bypassing recycle bin

Check for a key called "NoRecycleFiles" in


If present, try setting the value to 0. Alternatively, delete it.

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For God sake ... is Microsoft going to do anything about this problem? It's been so many months now!! 

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I have financial files that when I'm done with them, I would like to permanently delete them from my computer. I know there's programs out there that can do this, but having trouble finding them. It would be great if they're free, but not at the the expense of security.
Thanks for your help, my first post here.

A:Permanently Deleting files

Tons of them out there.

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Hi I am new so I hope I'm doing this right. My files are permatley deleting instead of going to the recycle bin. I have checked to make sure the box to permately delet is not checked and I have tried a few other things (reboot in safe mode) and still not working. Any help would be appreciated.

A:files are permanently deleting

Hello pag, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is this happening with all files, or just certain ones?

Is this happening from certain locations, or all locations that you deleted them from?

Do you also have the "Display delete confirmation dialog" box checked for each listed drive location?

Anything deleted from a removable drive (ex: USB drive) will always be automatically permanently deleted, and will not go to the Recycle Bin. Only files deleted from internal or SATA connected drives will go to the Recycle Bin first.

If the file you are deleting is larger than the max storage size of the Recycle Bin, then it will prompt you to permanently delete instead of going into the Recycle Bin.

Hope this helps for now,

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Hello, I deleted some sensitive information in the recycling bin, and I'd like to permanently erase them. I don't have the means to wipe my hard drive (I'm using a netbook). If I fill the hard drive to max capacity and delete the excess files afterwards will this overwrite the undesired files?

Thanks for the help.

A:Permanently deleting files

Once you have emptied your trash can, defragmenting your hard drive can normally do the trick.
There are software programs too that can help, having never used one I cannot recommend any but google your post title and have a look around

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Okay, I was just reading a previous forum on deleting files; however, that seems very detailed and harsh. My husband is leaving a place of employment and needs to remove his personal info from his computer without destroying the computer. Has anyone used Micosoft's SDelete (I think that is it) for this? The Darik Nuke and Boot (not sure that is the exact name) seems to be very detailed and I'm not sure I can walk him through that. He has files in his MS Word that need to be permanently removed, and I guess log in information on certain accounts he has accessed online, i.e. banking, etc. Any suggestions as to what to use that is "user friendly" for someone who isn't real computer saavy? Thanks.

A:Permanently deleting files from computer

http://www.ccleaner.com/Might do what you need. Read the info at the home page and see. Here is an older discussion of the program in BC.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/59767/ccleaner/

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Maybe I'm really OCD but I downloaded certain applications that I now don't need, so is it ok to go into regedit and find those applications and delete them or should I just use add/remove programmes and search windows explorer?

I've noticed that even though I've deleted an application in regedit under software, some file with the same word as the application appears when searching on windows explorer.

A:Permanently deleting files/folders forever

Use the normal/standard method for uninstalling software.

You will not see any performance gain by removing the entries that you mentioned from the registry.

If the normal uninstallation process leaves some folders/files behind, you can rename them and see if things still work as desired. After a week or two, you can delete them... but it should not be a big problem if those left over files/folders happen to hang around.

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For months now every time I 'right click' and delete, items don't go to recycle bin. They permantly delete instead for some reason and never go to recycle bin whatsoever.

I am fed up with this because I have deleted things by accident and I want the recycle bin to work so I can send them back if I accidentally delete a file.

Is there any way I can fix this? I am using Windows 7 Home Premium.

A:Problem with deleting files, permanently deletes and doesn't go to bin

Quote: Originally Posted by Dreamer92

For months now every time I 'right click' and delete, items don't go to recycle bin. They permantly delete instead for some reason and never go to recycle bin whatsoever.

I am fed up with this because I have deleted things by accident and I want the recycle bin to work so I can send them back if I accidentally delete a file.

Is there any way I can fix this? I am using Windows 7 Home Premium.

This is the first thing I can recommend doing:
Right-click the Recycle Bin
Choose Properties
Select "Custom size" (you don't have to change the number in the Maximum size field, but you can if you wish)
If you have more than one storage drive, then select them and do the same thing
Click OK
If this doesn't work, then there may be other things to try. Although, I haven't checked yet.

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I have a truckload of files in the recycle bin with extraordinary file names like 9be9562f00a85d3e402e894414532852ef8d1bb1 ... Some date back to 2008. Can I safely delet these files without crashing my system? My tower has a virus on it and my laptop (with Vista) is about to go south. Thanks,

A:Deleting files from recycle bin

Files and folders that are in the Recycle Bin are not being used by the computer.

If they've been in the Recycle Bin since 2008, they're definitely safe to delete.


You mentioned 2 computers - a desktop and a laptop.

Which one are you referring to here?


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I have 4 episodes of a show in my recycle bin - each episode is 1/2 hour long. I try to delete them, but I get a message saying Calculating time remaining and it just keeps showing that and never gives me a time or deletes the items. It says the speed is 0 bytes / sec. Any idea how I can get rid of these files?

A:Having a lot of trouble deleting 4 files from my recycle bin

Hi Dbagnell,

You might see if you can open the Recycle Bin and delete them one by one instead. If not, then this tutorial may be able to help you.

Recycle Bin Corrupted - Cannot Delete File or Folder

Hope this helps you,

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A couple days ago I realized there was something going on with my PC when I tried to delete something. The thing is, the file is deleted, but it doesn't get moved to my recycle bin. I don't know where it goes really..very strange. Anyone know what the problem could be? I was reading up in an attempt to fix this myself and I saw there was some talk about deleting the recycled folder but I can't find it. And I've done virus scans and everything else

A:Deleting Files/ Recycle Bin Problem

Recycle bin>properties. Maybe the option "Do not remove files to the bin,Move files immediately when deleted."has somehow got checked.

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Hi everybody,
i've recently have quite some trouble with my computer, this is one of them:
When trying to delete large files, where it says: "do you permantly want to delete this", they don't end up in my recycle bin. I wouldn't mind this at all if it wasn't because my harddisk doesn't react when I delete something. I don't free up any space even though I just deleted something as big as 5GB. Can anyone help?? I ran "Hijack this" if it can help:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:03:09 PM, on 5/3/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\CA_LIC\lic98rmt.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\CA_LIC\LogWatNT.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Ghost\Agent\VProSvc.exe
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A:Solved: No files in recycle bin when deleting!

Do you still need help?

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Hi all,
New here, so thanks in advance for all the help. One of our computers (vista buisness) has had several occasions where frequently used desktop icons and sometimes files, randomly end up in the recycle bin. I have no idea what is causing this. Live onecare is the virus protection, could this be a virus or spyware infection?

Thanks for any help,


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Hey guys this is OrangeAngel, and for somereason my $Recycle.bin file in the C:\ is gone, i have hidden files on so i can see them but the Recyclebin File is not there. And also whenever i delete files anywhere it never stops deleting files and it gets stuck and then i have to go to the task manager and stop them from there. Help would be appreciated!!!
I use Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit if that helps at all.


A:Recycle bin File is gone/ Deleting Files Hangs

Recycle Bin

This is the one you need now. Above for future in case of problems with the bin.
Desktop Icons

Due to your problems, in addition to reccyle bin, you may need a system restore from before the problems began.

Try to restore the bin from above. If it does not work or it does work but you have other problems, use SR, from 3 days before the problems began
System Restore - How to

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I was hit by KLEZ today. My AV (eTrust EZ Anti-Virus) cleaned it out, but I still have what appears to be another virus hanging around. The AV gave me this after a scan....

Number of infected files not cleaned/deleted/renamed: 4
C:\RECYCLED\NPROTECT\00005870.RCV (HTML.MimeExploit virus)
C:\RECYCLED\NPROTECT\00005905.RCV (HTML.MimeExploit virus)
C:\RECYCLED\NPROTECT\00005955.MBX (HTML.MimeExploit virus)
C:\RECYCLED\NPROTECT\00005957.MBX (HTML.MimeExploit virus)

Now, since they're in the Norton Protected bin, can I simply delete them to be rid of it for good? And for good measure I'd do a wipe of all the free space on my disk.

Thanks for any help!

A:[Resolved] Deleting virus files from recycle bin

You are correct, they should be in quarintine.
Heres a online virus scan you could run to double check.

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I have been trying various ways to reduce the demands on my W8.1 Tablet's small (24 GB) SSD.  Among the  possibilities it seems are: deleting files from System Volume Information (ie. old Restore Points) and Recycle Bin.
Even though I have set the system to 'show hidden files' I cannot find the exact location of these two Folders and / or I am denied access to them if I do find them, even though I am in Administration.  Swift Search reveals that at least one Folder titled System Volume Information has over 5 GB and there are other Folders, whereas Recycle Bin is showing in excess of 95 GB --- despite the fact that the Bin is emptied usually at the end of every day.  If I could clean out a significant proportion (most) of these 'stored' files it would be a big help. 
So can someone advise me how to find the files, gain access, and delete many of them?
I would also welcome advice on the wisdom of doing what I propose to do and any pitfalls I might encounter.

A:Finding and deleting files from System Restore and Recycle Bin

Hi clayto In order to access these folders, you also need to uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended) in the Folder Options. From there, you'll see the C:\$Recycle.Bin folder. You can delete everything in it. The best way to take care of the System Restore points is to right-click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select System, then go in Advanced System Settings and finally System Protection. From there, click on the Configure... button followed by Delete to delete all the System Restore points. You can even disable it so they won't be created anymore.

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Have an issue that I couldn't find a solution in Google or on these forums, so I am going to post.

When deleting a file/folder from an WinXP desktop, typically it would go to the Recycle Bin, incase I need it for later.

In this case, it isn't...its just deleting. Not ending up in the Recycle Bin, and no chance to recover.

Is there anyway to change so that they end up in the Recycle Bin first, before being deleted?


A:Deleting files/folders just delete, don't go to Recycle Bin for a recover

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I don't know if it is related to windows backup or not but initially when I setup the computer I set an external usb harddrive as the location to perform backups.

I started noticing that with two particular folders the files would occasionally disappear but I could always recover them from the backup location. I checked all the settings but couldn't determine why it would perform the backup and then delete the files after the backup was done. That seems asinine and I can't imagine why that would be default behavior.

The files in these two folders are sometimes used a lot but sometimes can be weeks without being accessed.

So after months of this happening where a few weeks would go by and my files would be gone when I would try to access them, I finally disabled the backup convinced it was related to when those were being done.
Now... it appears that it just deletes the files and because it isn't doing the backup I can't restore them.

Has anyone heard or seen an issue like this where when configuring to perform backups to an external drive, something getting screwed up where the files in the original location are deleted after they are backed up???

Thanks for any ideas...

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I'm posting for help with Windows 7. It seems that when I try to move or delete a program that is shared on all users from my desktop, it will affect the other users. How can I move or delete a file freely without it being deleted from the desktop of other users?

Help is greatly appreciated.

A:Deleting/moving files without affecting other users.

To move or delete files w/o affecting others is to copy the the file(s) to the other user(s) profiles in C:\Users\<username>\Desktop. Then remove the original files in C:\Users\Public\Desktop.

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I'm using build 7229 and I had this problem with 7100 also.

If I'm trying to move / delete a big file (over 700MB) i'm getting the following window:

just calculating forever.

the hard disk light indicator ain't flashing.

it's working fine with XP.

I scanned my disk for errors and it's fine.

tried to delete / move using unlocker and cmd (DOS) and it's the same. with both of them nothing happens.

A:Problem deleting / moving big files with Win7

Yea i had the same problem but my files were small like 50 mb all up

but ahh i renamed the files then sent em to the recycle bin and it worked
so i was like yea

dont knw if it will help but ya

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I googled this problem and found this forum but the thread is older and does not address the problem.

I'm on a network where I keep my files but I'm very aware of whether or not these might be open elsewhere. From time to time at any old time of the day (randomly it seems in other words) I'll go in and try to arrange, rename, or get rid of files and I'll get "The action can't be completed because the file is open in Windows Explorer. Close file and try again". Except that the file ISN'T open anywhere.

I had this frustrating experience again just a moment ago so I went online to find this forum. I didn't recall how the above message was quite worded so I went back to the same file and this time it allowed me to delete it. Miffed, I tried another and it worked again. I tried yet another and this time I got the message. This particular file I'm trying to delete hasn't been open for 6 months. Any ideas?

A:Problems deleting, moving, renaming files. VERY irritatin for a new OS

Are you using any media managing applications?
Have you tried setting the view to details instead of thumbnail?

Both of these could result in the system claiming the files are in use.
There is also an application I have personally found useful in detailing why files are 'locked'
Download Unlocker 1.9.1 - FileHippo.com

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I have had this problem for a while but I have just ignored, but now that I am moving around a lot of files it is getting very annoying.

The problem: I am running windows vista 32 bit on a dell inspirion 531. When I try to move or delete files in windows explorer the screen that pops up to show the progress freezes. The file is moved or deleted successfully but the pop up remains. I can then cancel the pop up but the cancel screen also remains. I have to open up task manager to close windows explorer. This problem happens in spurts, sometimes all files do this and sometimes no files do this but it is always all of them or none of them.

This problem first presented itself a couple of months ago so I have no idea what the last piece of software was installed.
I believe I am up to date on all windows updates, including service pack 1, this problem came before service pack 1 was installed.
Is this a common problem with Vista?
I will be happy to provide anymore information that is needed.
thanks in advance for all of the help.

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My friends computer is having issues with administrator permissions?  
I was tidying up his start menu, moving shortcuts to appropriate folders.  Which I've done many times on other computer without admin issues appearing.
Some times when deleting/moving files, it says you will need to provide administrator permission to move this file (it is a Windows Live Mail shortcut file), continue/skip/cancel.  
We click continue, the UAC show Program Name: File Operation, Publisher: Unknown, File Origin: Hard drive on this computer.Yes/No. We click yes,
File Access Denied comes up, You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from the computer's admin to make changes to this file.
Some other functions that require Admin permission work ok, some don't.
His account has been set as Administrator from day 1.
I've created another account and made it Administrator, same issues.
He has:
Win 7 64bit, 6gb ram
McAfee Security Center v11.6 Build 11.6.511, Affld 876
McAfee Virus Scan v15.6 Build 15.6.245, Last Update: 30/9/2013
Any help would be appreciated.

A:moving/deleting files, needing Admin permission not working

You need to open Windows Explorer, then right click on the folder or even C:\ drive to take over Security permissions.  See http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-files/how-do-i-change-folder-and-file-permissions/465f2b42-63dd-4486-8dd1-c870290efeed

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after moving to new location or deleting to recycle bin any files or folders AND ONLY after closing the last open folder in the taskbar, after those, when I try to open any folder,
explorer crashes and needs to be restarted (Windows Explorer has stopped working... Windows Explorer is restarting)

If those two are not performed (moving/deleting + closing last opened folder) there is no issue.

I ran SFC /SCANNOW, which has found and fixed 1 issue, but explorer still keeps crashing.

Where else should I try start troubleshooting (with less impact possible)?
Thank you!

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This behavior just started within the past week or so. When I delete or move files in Windows Explorer, the files just stay in the right-hand pane. They DO get deleted or moved, but I have to hit F5 to refresh the view.

This never happened before, until about a week ago.

Any help?

Thanks in advance,

A:Windows Explorer doesn't update view when moving or deleting files

Hi Ken, Have you added any programs, or did updates just prior to the start of your problem?

BTW, "Welcome to the Seven Forums."

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Hi everyone!

I'm having very annoying issues with my computer and need help...

Basically, opening any folder takes at least 30 sec, moving, copying and deleting give me time to grab a cup of coffee (or 2!) and so on... Opening applications isn't easy either, the Start menu takes a long time to pop up as well.

But... applications do work once they're open. Even games such as the Sims, heavy ones, I mean.

I'm puzzled... my tech guy had kind of repaired a similar episode 2 months ago by replacing the network adapter (hope that's the right word for it... English is not my first language... I mean the plaque that will connect me to the internet) and formatting the computer. Now the issue is fully back and I'm not using the network adapter anymore (I disabled it) and now I use a USB wifi adapter instead. Taking it out makes no difference.

Could someone help me narrow down this issue?

Here's my PC info:

- AMD Phenom 8450 (triple core)
- 1 GB RAM
- Win XP Professional SP3
- MSI K9a2 CF motherboard
- Sapphire x1650 pro graphics card
- 2 hard drive partitions... my C drive (the windows drive) has about 50 free GB and the D (just for files) has only 8.

I have conducted chkdsk /r on both my partitions and there were no errors found (I couldn't find one of the logs tho... just saw on the screen that no errors where found at the end).

As said, everything was recently formatted, nothing weird installed.

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A:Slow performance when opening folders, moving, copying and deleting files

How large is your profile? To find out:

1) Open Windows Explorer

2) Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings

3) Right click on your username and select properties

If the Size is more than 100GB, I'd strongly suggest either deleting stuff you don't need or moving stuff that you to use often to some sort of "archive" folder outside of your profile.

Let me know if this helps. If not, we'll look a little deeper into the issue.

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In my add/remove program list I have several programs that are no longer on my computer listed. Whe I try to click remove, I get an error message. I was just wondering if there is any way to get these programs unlisted from the add/remove section.



A:deleting unworking add/removes

If you download and install tweakui you can do it from there

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so i have an issue where the recycle bin perm deletes everything without prompt.
i've tried deleting the C:\recyclebin$ folder but it doesn't work.

works ok in safe mode and under another account so it seems to be just the one user account. and yes, i'm aware i could just re-create the user account but i'd rather not and try to fix it if possible.

any idea's? attached screenshot of the recycle bin settings.

A:Recycle Bin permanently deletes

Follow the tutorial and thread posted below you'll find options to block your system to permanently deleting files without moving it into recycle bin:

Recycle Bin - Permanently Delete Items Automatically

One more reference URL:

If that didn't helps you, consider repairing your system using Installation CD DVD or inbuilt system recovery options. Moreover, you can also try creating a fresh administrator account for your system and then try performing the same functions.

Hope it helps!!

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In Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 64-bit I am not given the option to move files to the Recycle Bin. Instead, when I delete a file I am asked "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?"In the Recycle Bin properties for each hard drive partition I have not selected "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin" and I have check-marked "Display delete confirmation dialog."

I can't remember precisely when this started to happen, but I did install Update 1 recently. I don't know if that matters.

A:Recycle Bin Permanently Deletes Regardless of Settings

Problem solved. I restarted my computer. No change. Restarted again. No change. Restarted a third time. Now the Recycle Bin works properly. Strange!

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How to recover?  Have tried a couple of the "free" softwares out there to no avail. 
- easeUS
- Wondershare
- Active File Recovery
Deleted a Word doc from a folder, then deleted it from the recycle bin.  Windows 7 on a work-issue Dell Latitude E6440.  Any help is appreciated.

A:Permanently deleted file from recycle bin

Your chance of success depends very much on the amount of "use" the pc has had since deleting the file from the recycle bin.

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running windows 7 service pack 1 64 bit.
Cannot put files in recycle bin as they get only deleted permanently. Cannot change options.
Here is the screenshot:

Thank you for your help.


A:Recycle Bin only deletes permanently and cannot change settings


Check for a key called "NoRecycleFiles" in


If present, try setting the value to 0. Alternatively, delete it.

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Hi. Im running Windows 7 64bit and every time I move or delete a file, I get the "could not find item" message, but the tasks still performs successfully. Any ideas?

A:"Could not find item" when moving or deleting files

any advice?

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RK doesn't work Emsisoft doesn't work .
How do I delete this file ?
:                %systemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts      ?
ESNET doesn't work either.

A:deleting permanently

That is the Windows Hosts File, it is part of the operating system.
You can read about this here.
Why do you want to delete this?

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Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I'm just wondering, once my cache and cookies have been deleted, and if I empty my recycling bin, are all the files permanently deleted?

A:Permanently deleting things

In a simple word-yes. They are deleted. If you are really concerned about them returning, you can restart the computer, and that will lower the chances of recovery. Even then, you would have to purchase software designed to "find" it.Oh and by the way, welcome to BC Kat_xp

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I recently uploaded pictures from my camera to my HP (uses VISTA Home Premium). At first I had all these photos in a folder in "My Pictures". Later on I deleted the pictures did not wish to save and also deleted it from my trashcan. However, I noticed that in the vista search bar, if you type in the file name of that picture folder, it shows a preview of every picture....even the ones I thought were permanently deleted! I tried right clicking and deleting it. But of course, since I already deleted it, it shows up as "this is no longer located in [location]. Please verify item's location and try again". these are thumbnails of the pictures that I already deleted. I can't open these files because I deleted the original....How do I delete this? If this doesn't make sense,How do I get rid of these images? Are there any more of my pictures stored somewhere else? Help!

A:Permanently Deleting pictures from Vista

I don't know how to delete the thumbnails of the pics you already deleted. I do know that pics are stored in three places on my HP laptop: (1) Pictures folder, (2) Photo Gallery, and (3) Search. Recently, I decided that I didn't need pics stored in 3 places, so I deleted all in Photo Gallery and those in Search, and then found out that the pics in my picture folder were automatically deleted. I could have cried----until I found out I could retrieve the deleted images.

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I have been getting a lot of fake rogue spyware programs. I scanned with anti-virus/anti-spyware/etc and they have detected ones like XPShield. But even after quarantine and removal, XPShield constantly pops up every 5 minutes or so trying to install again. It is blocked by my anti-virus constantly but it gets annoying and seems to slow down my computer. I still get some other random fake anti-spyware programs like anti-spyware pro xp...looked up removal tools for those but none of them work. The thing is I never installed the actual fake programs for these, but I seem to have some virus that keeps trying to. VIPRE anti-virus says the XPShield process sysnotifier.exe (which tries to install it) comes from explorer.exe...so I don't know how to disinfect that.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:52:38 PM, on 10/30/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe... Read more

A:Having trouble permanently deleting sysnotifier.exe

Hi,* Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofixPost the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.extra question.... Did you set this Proxyserver?R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = localhost;*.localIf not, check and fix above entries in HijackThis.

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hello, I downloaded a movie from the internet (ext.avi). However when i try to delete it, a message comes up saying that the file is being used by another progam and cannot be deleted. I checked on the internet and found a solution to this issue - by deleting a file form the windows register. It worked...for a while. Now whenever I restart my pc, the folder(empty) keeps appearing on my desktop. How do i get rid of it permanently?

A:deleting a ghost folder permanently


Use with Caution...

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Okay so yesterday I was cleaning out my laptop and I deleted the swsetup folder not knowing what it was... I decided to google it and found out it was important.. I decided I'll finish up then recover it. Long story short I forgot about it and ran a cleaning program and it deleted everything that was in the rubbish bin... How can I get this folder back? or Is there one I can download? Or am I just screwed...

A:Accidentally deleting swsetup file permanently

Hi: Unfortunately, you are out of luck. That file is not as important as you think. All the SWSetup folder contains are the driver and software installation files that came with your PC. Most of those files can be downloaded from your PC's support and driver page, with the exception of the trial software. I always delete that file.  It can far exceed 1 GB in size. I do save it on a portable hard drive before I delete it, but I can count on one hand the number of times in the last dozen years I have had to go to one of the SWSetup files I saved for my many HP PC's over the years, to retrieve an installation file that I needed.

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Hello. I've been attempting to clean up my notification area on my Windows Vista 32 bit computer by removing all non-system icons. I don't just want the unwanted icons to be hidden, and would like them to be removed from the notification area entirely. I have used this tutorial and have been successful removing the unwanted icons, but whenever I reboot my computer, it reverts to how it once was. The issue appears to be that two registry keys that I delete, being IconStreams and PastIconStreams, keep reappearing after I reboot and restore all of the unwanted icons. I'm not sure what is causing them to constantly reappear, and I couldn't find any tutorials that addressed how to keep them from reappearing, so any help in permanently removing these keys would be much appreciated!

A:Issues Permanently Deleting Registry Keys

Right click on the icon you want to delete, click on delete.  You will be asked if you are sure you want to send this to the recycle bin, click yest, and then empty it from the recycle bin.

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I know it can be done, it's just very difficult to do..,..,

I know that when you delete files from your recycle bin, the files are still stored somewhere in the computer. I'd like to know if I can simply access the files, so I can permanently delete them 100%.

My computer is windows XP Compaq media center edition 2005



A:How do I PERMANENTLY delete "permanently" deleted files from my computer?

Those files are still there, but we arent able to access/see them .. I just know that Windows "hide" these files from the tables, but it leaves the registry of these files "open" so other information can be written over.

That means... By the time your files will be overwritten by other information and slowly they will permanently be deleted.

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Windows 8.1 on a tablet.

I would like to move the Recycle bin icon to a different location on the desktop. But when I drag its icon it only asks me if I want to create a shortcut. How do I move the original icon to a different spot.

A:Moving the recycle bin

It moves for me?

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I have Outlook 2010 and Windows 7. If I Delete an item in Outlook it goes into Deleted in Outlook and gmail which is fine. However if I Shift Delete it does not go into Deleted but remains in All Mail in both gmail and Outlook and this seems incorrect.

Any thoughts?


A:Permanently deleting gmail items using Outlook 2010 Shift Delete

Why do you use Shift+Delete. I have never used it nor have I heard of it being used before. If Delete does what you want, just keep using it.

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I went to empty my recycle bin this morning. It contains four small files. But when I click "empty recycle bin" the pop-up says it's deleting thousands of files in the gigabytes range. Does anyone know what causes this? I believe it's happened to me before, probably on Vista, but I don't remember how I fixed it or if it just eventually fixed itself. I don't notice anything missing and the computer doesn't behave oddly, but I cancel the deletion before it gets too far.

I'm currently running a virus scan but it hasn't picked up anything yet and it's 75% of the way through.

A:Recycle Bin Deleting More Than It Contains

Strange. You're sure that none of the files is actually a folder, such as a .zip or .rar?

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