Recycle Bin has disappeared from Desktop in Windows XP – How to make it appear?

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Has the Recycle Bin disappeared from your windows xp desktop? Or have you deleted it from the desktop accidentally? Are you finding it difficult to restore a file that has been deleted, as you don’t find the recycle bin on your desktop? Then here are a few methods to restore the recycle bin.

Using the registry to restore recycle bin on Windows XP Desktop

You can restore the recycle bin on to windows xp desktop by editing the registry as follows.Since editing the registry need to be done carefully, it is recommended to back up the registry before you follow the steps below.

  • Click Start => Run in windows xp
  • In the textbox labeled “Run“, type regedit, and then click OK.
  • Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
  • Right-click the registry key that you located above, point to New, and then click Key.
  • Type {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, and then press ENTER.
  • Click the new {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key that you created in the above step
  • In the right pane, double-click the (Default) entry.
  • In the Edit String dialog box, type Recycle Bin in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  • Finally, close the registry editor

Using the Group Policy Object Editor to restore the Recycle Bin

If the system administrator used a Group Policy setting to hide the Recycle Bin or “All Icons” on the Desktop, you may have to contact the system administrator to restore the Recycle Bin icon. The system administrator can either use the Group Policy Object Editor (GPEDIT.msc) or manually remove the registry information (that was created through the Group Policy Object Editor) for the Recycle Bin to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the Desktop. However, this works only on Windows XP Professional.

To use the Group Policy Object Editor to restore the Recycle Bin, follow the steps listed below.

  • Click Start => Run, type GPEDIT.MSC in the Open box, and then click OK.
  • Under User Configuration, click Administrative Templates, and then double-click Desktop.
  • Double-click Remove Recycle Bin icon from the desktop.
  • Click the Setting tab, click Not Configured, and then click OK.

If you cannot restore the Recycle Bin by editing the registry or using the Group Policy Object Editor, as explained above, you can follow the steps listed below to restore the recycle bin.The following method does not re-create the original recycle bin icon.

  • Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  • On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  • Click the View tab, and then clear the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” check box.
  • Click Yes when you receive the warning message, and then click OK to close the Folder Options dialog box.
  • Click Folders on the toolbar. If Folders is not visible on the toolbar, point to Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Standard Buttons.
  • In the left navigation pane, under Folders, locate the Recycle Bin folder, and then drag the Recycle Bin folder to the desktop.
  • On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  • Click the View tab, and then click to select the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click OK.

When you use the above steps to work around the problem, you cannot right-click the Recycle Bin shortcut to access the Recycle Bin Properties. To set properties for the Recycle Bin, follow these steps.

  • Double-click the Recycle Bin shortcut on the Desktop. The Recycle Bin folder opens.
  • In the upper-left corner of the Recycle Bin folder, right-click the Recycle Bin icon, and then click Properties.

The last mentioned procedure restores most of the features of the Recycle Bin, including the following, but it does not re-create the original recycle bin icon.

  • Delete a file by dragging it to the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop.
  • Retrieve a file that you deleted by double-clicking the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop, right-clicking the file that you want to retrieve, and then clicking Restore.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin by right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon on your Desktop, and then clicking Empty Recycle Bin.

The easiest method to fix this is through Microsoft Fix It. Click this Microsoft Fix It link and then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard, to fix this problem.

Try any one of the above methods in Windows XP and make the Recycle Bin appear on your computer desktop.

Recycle Bin may disappear from windows xp desktop due to several reasons.Here are the various methods to make the recycle bin appear on your desktop in windows xp.

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