What is Recycle Bin?

Recycle Bin was introduced by Microsoft in Windows 95 and since then it has been a part of all the Operating Systems released by Microsoft. Recycle Bin stores the files which u user deletes or the files which gets accidently deleted. Movement of files into Recycle Bin on deletion depends upon the way a file was deleted and also depends upon the way the Recycle Bin has been setup. Typically the files which are deleted from explorer interface are moved to the Recycle bin. Files deleted from command prompt or any other applications API are not moved to the Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin holds these files in it along with extra information such as Date of deletion, Original path, and the user information. If the files are deleted by pressing Shift + Delete then they are not moved into the Recycle Bin but get deleted permanently. Recycle bin has its icon on the Desktop and user can open it to see the deleted files. If required, files can be restored back to their original state. Files if deleted from Recycle Bin cannot be restored and are considered permanently deleted by Windows. Recycle Bin has a pre-allocated size and stores information only up to that limit. Once the limit is exceeded the oldest files starts getting permanently removed for creating room for newly deleted files.

How to Restore the Deleted Recycle Bin?

When we say that Recycle Bin got deleted it means that only the icon which is there for opening Recycle Bin has got removed and not the Recycle Bin in itself. Recycle Bin is an integral part of Windows and cannot be permanently removed. If the Recycle Bin icon goes missing then it can be restored by the following steps:

Windows Vista:

1. Open Appearance and Personalization from Control Panel and click on Change Desktop Icons

2. Click to select Recycle Bin check box

3. Click OK

Windows XP:

There can be multiple reasons for Recycle Bin to go missing in Windows XP. For each reason a different approach is required for getting the icon back.

(Methods given below require changes to be done in Windows registry and working with Windows registry is really dangerous for your system. So don’t ever work with registry unless taking a backup of your system or creating a restore point.)

Method One:

If Recycle Bin was removed by any Windows Tweaking Utility then use the same utility to get the icon back, or follow the steps given below to fix it manually.1. Start -> Run -> Regedit2. Locate the following keyHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel3. In the right pane right click on the following DWORD value and click on modify:{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}4. In the Value Data box, type 0 and then click on OK.5. Exit the registry editor.

Method Two:

1. Start -> Run -> Regedit

2. Locate the following Registry KeyHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

3. Right click on this key and select New Key

4. Type {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} as the name of the Key.

5. In the Right Pane, double click the Default entry and in the Edit String Box type Recycle Bin in the Value Data box and then click on OK

6. Close the Registry Editor

Method Three:

1. Download the Microsoft’s Fixit utility from the following link and run it to get the Recycle Bin icon back: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9643543