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I have strange problem with the recycle bin icon on my Windows 7 system. I can't enable it in the "Desktop icon Settings" window by checking the checkbox to show it, because this option is unavailable.

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How do I fix this problem?

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What version of Windows 7 are you running? – Amicable May 4 '12 at 8:25
Version 6.1(Build 7601:Service Pack 1) – Ishikawa Yoshi May 4 '12 at 8:28
I meant Home/Professional/Ultimate? At least you are patched to date though. – Amicable May 4 '12 at 8:31
ok it's Professional version – Ishikawa Yoshi May 4 '12 at 8:34
and all patches are installed too – Ishikawa Yoshi May 4 '12 at 8:51
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Hope This post will help you , please try it.

Recycle Bin option is unavailable in Desktop icons settings box, you need to enable it via Windows Registry by following the steps given below:

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  1. Download Restore Recycle Bin Registry file.

  2. Right-click on the file and then select Open.

  3. Click Yes for the prompt. enter image description here enter image description here

  4. Now click Ok. Reboot your machine to see Recycle Bin on your Desktop. Note that this will also enable Recycle Bin option in Desktop icon settings box.

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thanks Desingh, it works great! But when i execute script it not update Windows Registry, after that i update it manualy. – Ishikawa Yoshi May 4 '12 at 14:30
@IshikawaYoshi - If it didn't update the registry for you then it didn't have permission to do so. The script work fine on a virtual machine I tested it on. – Ramhound May 4 '12 at 14:46
hm, sorry i don't know why it not work first time, but i tested it now and it works fine. thnx again – Ishikawa Yoshi May 4 '12 at 14:50

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