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Video: Restore the Recycle Bin to the Desktop in Windows XP

Accidentally delete the Recycle Bin from the Windows XP Desktop? Bill Detwiler shows you a quick and easy registry edit to get the icon back.

The Recycle Bin made its debut in Windows 95. And that little wastebasket icon has been a Desktop staple ever since. That is, unless you accidentally delete it. And for Windows XP users there's no menu option to bring it back. During this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you a quick Registry edit to retrieve your Recycle Bin icon in Windows XP.

And to save you a bit of time when making the edit, here's the name of the registry key that you'll need to create:

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or check out Mark Kaelin's article, "How do I restore the Recycle Bin to the Desktop in Windows XP?"

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

6 comments
barrieb
barrieb

When using this program can the name be changed.BB

dkwline
dkwline

Does this procedure work on Windows Vista as well?

ByteBin-20472379147970077837000261110898
ByteBin-20472379147970077837000261110898

Still hanging on to XP? Yeah, I am. Because I don't think my IBM ThinkPad T23 will run Windows 7. I rather run that on my T61 which currently has Vista. Or better yet, have a totally new machine with just 7 on it. Being a developer, I would like to have machines I can test software on many versions of Windows. I could probably get a Win7 with XP but like I said, the T23 won't run Win7.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In this TR Dojo episode, I show you a quick and easy registry edit to restore an accidentally deleted Recycle Bin icon to the Desktop in Windows XP. Even though this is a simple registry edit, I recommend that you make a backup copy of the registry in case anything goes wrong. Do you always follow this advice? Take the poll in the above post and tell me how often you back up the Windows Registry before editing it? Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=2025

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

There's really no need to recover the Recycle Bin icon with Registry hack in Windows Vista. Click Start | Control Panel | Personalization Click Change desktop icons from left column Place a check mark next to the Recycle Bin option Click OK The Recycle Bin icon should now be back on the desktop.

ElijahKam
ElijahKam

When I try to restore the icon in Vista, I am told that the System administrator has disabled the display control settings panel. Of course I did no such thing. This does not happen with any other setting, just the recycle bin. I went online and found proposed solutions, including a registry hack, but none of them work. Of course I could start another administrator account, but that would take too much time. Finally I put up Karen Kenworthy's version of the Recycler which works quite well, just requires an additional keystroke.

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