Fixing a corrupt Recycle Bin

Fixing a corrupt Recycle Bin
IMPORTANT: The following procedure permanently deletes all files and folders which are already in the Recycle Bin (from all user accounts in the system) and cannot be recovered.

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To open an elevated Command Prompt, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. In Windows 10 right click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).

2. Type or copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window and press ENTER:


rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

When the cursor returns to C:\Windows\system32> the command has completed.

(This clears out the $Recycle.bin folder for all users on the C:\ drive. You may have to do this for each hard disk partition in your system.)
3. Type exit to close the Command Prompt window.

Editor’s note: The above method only fixes Recycle Bin folder corruption if any. Using the above method as an attempt to fix any cosmetic problems (eg. Recycle Bin showing incorrect icon) with the Recycle Bin does not help.