Missing or Corrupted Recycle Bin? Here’s How to Fix it

I will explain in this post how to fix the corrupted Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon missing.

I’m using a Windows 10 computer here. I suggest you make a System Restore point before you start. Let’s get started.

Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin

Try these solutions one by one.

Solution 1

Scan your PC with antivirus software.

Solution 2

Using this method, you can reset the Recycle Bin. Let’s get started.

Open the Run Command by pressing Windows + R. Type cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Click Yes on the pop-up.

You can now see the elevated Command Prompt.

Type this command and then press Enter. Here’s the command: rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

Note that the above command is for the C drive only. If you have other drives on your PC, you should run the above command for all of them.

Here’s how it’s done: just replace the letter C with the letter of another drive. For example, if I’m doing this for drive D, my command will look like this:

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

I hope you understand my point.

Restart your Windows 10 PC after you complete all of the steps above.

Solution 3

It is here that you will reinstall Recycle Bin.

Every drive has a separate $Recycle.Bin folder. This is a system protected folder that is hidden by default.

The Recycle Bin folder is located here, along with permissions folders.

Follow these steps to see this:

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type control folders and then press Enter.

In the File Explorer Options, navigate to the View tab.

Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Hit the OK button.

Then, go to the drive you want, and you’ll see $Recycle.Bin folder.

Now, you need to remove this folder from each drive.

You need to restart your PC after you’ve done that.

Open Run. Type ms-settings:themes and then press Enter.

Hit Desktop icon settings.

Select Recycle Bin and then hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Solution 4

Press Windows + R, type cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Click Yes on the popup.

Type the following command and then press Enter. Here’s the command: sfc /scannow

Fix Recycle Bin Icon Missing

When the Recycle Bin icon disappears from the desktop, try each of these solutions one by one to restore it.

Solution 1

If there are no icons on your desktop, including the Recycle Bin, try these steps:

Right-click on the blank area on the desktop.

Hover your mouse over the View.

Check that the “Show desktop icons” is selected. If there is a checkmark next to the Show desktop icons, it is selected.

If you still can’t see the icon, try these steps:

Open File Explorer Options. To do this, open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type control folder and then press Enter.

Navigate to the View tab.

Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Solution 2

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R.

Type ms-settings:themes and then press Enter.

Now, hit the Desktop icon settings link.

Select the Recycle Bin, if not already selected, and then click OK.

Solution 3

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Hit System.

Click on Tablet in the left sidebar.

Hit Change additional tablet settings.

Turn off both the “Hide app icons on the taskbar” and “Automatically hide the taskbar.”

Solution 4

By pressing Windows + R, open the Run Command Box. Type control folders and then press Enter.

Navigate to the View tab.

Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Unselect Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

Hit the OK button.

Open the $Recycle.Bin folder on the C drive.

Right-click the Recycle Bin and then click Send to.

Hit Desktop (create shortcut).

That’s all there is to it. You can now find the Recycle Bin shortcut on the desktop.

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