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Get Rid of the Recycle Bin

Posted September 2004 by Steve Sinchak

If you're like me, you appreciate the clean desktop that XP offers. Unfortunately, one item remains: the Recycle Bin. You can't get rid of it through any menus or anything like that. After much hacking around in the registry, I finally found the responsible key.

Simply delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio n\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA00 2F954E} and restart. When you restart, the Recycle Bin is no longer on the desktop.

When you delete stuff, it still prompts to send it to the Recycle Bin, as always. To fully delete something, just delete it from C:\Recycled. or C:\Recycler (name depends on file system). To view this folder, you have to have everything set to be seen, including hidden folders and procted OS files and all that. Enjoy this handy tweak! :)

Editor's notes: Backup the key before you delete it, in case you change your mind.

Alternatively instead of deleting the key mentioned above you can go to:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
  • and change the value for {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} to 1

Posted by Jaron & edited by admin

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