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Can't Restore Recycle Bin Icon

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1 64-bit

    Can't Restore Recycle Bin Icon


    Does anyone have a clue why Recycle Bin is grayed out in Desktop Icon Settings?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It's not on mine. Perhaps it's the theme you have selected.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Clayton, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It looks like you disabled the Recycle Bin desktop icon somehow.

    See if using step 1 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below may be able to restore and ungray this option for you. It's for Windows 7, but it's the same in Windows 8.

    Recycle Bin Icon - Allow or Prevent to Display - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1 64-bit


    Thanks Shawn! That did the trick...

    Built another VM from scratch and the Policies\NonEnum hive does not exist in a fresh install. Have no idea how that happened - certainly not by intention. Thanks for saving what little hair is left.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.

    You might do a full scan of your system with something like Malwarebyte Anti-Malware just to help make sure your system is clean.
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