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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
    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
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It's a registry setting.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968873

Or use Microsoft's cool Fixit program.

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9661135

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

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