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On Windows XP, I've noticed that sometimes the recycle bin icon on my desktop appears full even when there are no files in it. If I right click on the recycle bin or open it and go to the file menu, the "Empty Recycle Bin" menu item is disabled.

What causes this state, and how can I get the icon to show that the bin is empty?

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What icon size do you have your desktop set to? Does it look empty or full when viewing it from a Windows Explorer window of the desktop? – Ashley Steel Oct 13 '11 at 22:19
This was the bane of my existence for years. – Shinrai Oct 13 '11 at 22:21
If I remember right it reset the state after a reboot? – Psycogeek Oct 14 '11 at 4:06

It's a registry setting.

Or use Microsoft's cool Fixit program.

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HAVE ALL MY UPVOTES. I LOVE YOU. – Shinrai Oct 14 '11 at 14:21

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