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:


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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic 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 support specialist in the ...