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How To Bring Back The Recycle Bin On The Desktop In Windows Vista and Windows XP

If the Recycle Bin is not available on the Desktop in Windows Vista or in Windows XP, you can’t use the Recycle Bin to do tasks like restoring or deleting. In this case, you can get irritated.

In order to resolve this issue in Windows Vista, follow the following steps:
1. First, click on Start and then go to Control Panel.
2. Then choose Appearance and Personalization, choose Personalization and then choose Change Desktop Icons.
3. Now, click to select the Recycle Bin check box and then click on OK.
4. Now, check if the problem is fixed, if it is fixed, you are done.
5. Otherwise, you can follow the next troubleshooting steps.

In order to fix this issue in Windows XP, you can use one of the following methods:
Method 1:
Use the program that removed the Recycle Bin to restore the Recycle Bin



Important Note:
If you are using TweakUI utility in order to hide the Recycle Bin, follow the following steps to restore the Recycle Bin to the Desktop whereas, if you are not using TweakUI, you can use the next steps like method 2 or method 3.
Important Warning:
If you modify the registry incorrectly, some serious problems might occur and these issues might require reinstalling the Operating System. Therefore, ensure that youfollow the steps carefully. At the same time, if you want to take a backup of the Registry, you can take if before modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs or whenever you want. If you don’t know the backup the registry we have given an article in our site to backup and restore the Windows Registry and its components.

1. First, click on Start menu, click Run or press Win Key + R key then type regedit, and then click OK.
2. If you have the standard Windows XP Operating System Start Menu, navigate to the following key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

3. Then after, in the right pane, right-click the following registry DWORD value, and then click Modify:
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

4. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK. (The TweakUI utility sets this value to 1 to hide the Recycle Bin icon.)

1. If you are using the classic Windows XP Start menu, navigate to the following key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu

2. After that, in the right pane, right-click the following registry DWORD value, and then click Modify:
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

3. After that, you have to make some changes in the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK. (The TweakUI utility sets this value to 1 to hide the Recycle Bin icon.)
4. Then click Exit to exit Registry Editor.
Important Notes
Now, you have to check for the problem if it is fixed. If it is not fixed, you can try the procedure in the “Workaround” section.

Method 2:
Editing the registry to restore the Recycle Bin

Note If the system administrator used a Group Policy setting to hide the Recycle Bin (or "All Icons") on the Desktop, see Method 3.

In order to bring the Recycle Bin icon reappear on the Desktop, follow the following steps.
1. First, click on Start menu, click Run or press Win Key + R key then type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Then navigate to the following key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

3. After that, right click the registry key that is located in the step 3, then point to New, and then click on Key.
Type
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

, and then press ENTER.
Click the new {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key that you created.

4. In the right pane, double click the Default entry. This will make the default settings to the Computer.
5. After that, in the Edit String box, type Recycle Bin in the Value Data box, then click OK.
6. Close Registry Editor.


Important Notes

Now, you have to check for the problem if it is fixed. If it is not fixed, you can try the procedure in the “Workaround” section.

Method 3:
Using the Group Policy Object Editor to restore the Recycle Bin
If your System Administrator has used Group Policy settings in order to hide the Recycle Bin or “All Icons” on the Desktop, you have to contact the System Administrator. He can manually bring the icons back manually or using Group Policy.
Important Notes:
The steps given below only suit only for Windows XP Professional. If your system is not Windows XP Professional, you can try the procedure in the “Workaround” section.

If you want to use the Group Policy Object Editor to restore the Recycle Bin:
1. First, click on Start menu, click Run or press Win Key + R key then type GPEDIT.MSC, and then click OK.
2. Click Administrative Templates, under User Configuration and then double click on the Desktop.
3. Now, double click Remove Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop.
4. After that, click Settings tab, click Not Configured and then click OK

In order to use the Registry Editor to restore the Recycle Bin
1. Click on Start menu, click Run or press Win Key + R key then type regedit, and then click OK.
2. After that, navigate to the following Registry key.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum

3. Then click the Registry key that you located on the above step.
4. Then in the right pane, click the following registry DWORD value: {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
5. Now, on the Edit menu, click Delete and then click Yes.
6. Now, close the Registry Editor.

Important Notes
As you did for the above methods, check for the problem if it is fixed. If it is not fixed, you can try the procedure in the “Workaround” section. Moreover, if you are not able to restore the Recycle Bin using the resolutions that are listed in this article, just work around this issue by creating a shortcut to the Recycle Bin.
Follow the following steps to create a shortcut.
1. Click Start button, and then click My Computer.
2. Then on the Tools menu, choose Folder Options.
3. Now, you have to click View tab and then click to clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box.
4. When you receive the warning message, click Yes and then click OK in order to close the Folder Options dialog box.
5. Now, click Folders on the toolbar.
6. If Folders is not visible on the Toolbar, point to Toolbars on the View menu and then choose Standard Buttons.
7. On the left Navigation Pane, under the Folders, locate the Recycle Bin folder.
8. Then drag it to the Desktop.
9. On the Tools menu, choose Folder Options.
10. After that, c Click the View tab, and then click to select the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click OK.
11. Remember, performing these steps will not re-create the Original Icon. However, this procedure restores most of the features of the Recycle Bin including the following.

• 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.
Remember when you are using these step to work around this problem, you cannot right-click the Recycle Bin shortcut to access the Recycle Bin Properties.
You can follow the following steps in order to set properties for the Recycle Bin.
• First, double-click the Recycle Bin shortcut on the Desktop.
• Then the Recycle Bin folder will open.
• Then in the upper-left corner of the Recycle Bin folder, right click the Recycle Bin icon and then choose properties.
If still the problem will persist, there may be several issues.

A third-party program may be in use to hide the Recycle Bin.
The TweakUI program may be in use to hide the Recycle Bin.
The registry information for the Recycle Bin may be deleted.
A Group Policy setting may be in use to hide the Recycle Bin.

Important Note:

Group Policy is not supported by Windows XP Home Edition.

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