Expert computing advice (Part 1)

3/27/2012 4:28:11 PM

Expert computing advice (Part 1)

Paul Monckton solves the audience awkward questions about either the software or hardware.

Corrupt Recycle Bin


My Recycle Bin on the Windows 7 computer no longer keeps the deleted files. Once I delete a file, there is always a warning about a permanent deletion. 

I’ve checked all my settings: Recycle Bin capacity is 16,37MB, the option “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin, remove files immediately when deleted” was deactivated; and option “Display delete confirmation” was activated.

This problem occurred after my Windows update downloading, but the actions trying to take it back to the starting condition didn’t work on my PC. Please give me some advices about what I should do now to solve this tricky problem.

The steps you take are supposed to solve this problem; therefore, we doubt that your Recycle Bin is corrupt. However, please take notice that files which are saved on network drive or USB port will skip over the Recycle Bin, as well as the heavy files. It should to be checked by using a minor internal file which you aren’t afraid to be lost.

The audience who meet the same problem should follow the steps mentioned above: right click on Recycle Bin and choose Properties. In order to guarantee that Custom is chosen, “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin...” is deactivated” and “Display delete confirmation dialog” is activated in advance.

If it doesn’t work, another effective way to do is deleting Recycle Bin and force Windows to create a new effective replacement. Windows has its own Recycle Bin for each drive, but you have to activate the showing hidden files to see this on the Explore. The easiest way which deletes it but not change your settings for good is using command prompt. 

Click “Start” button and type cmd into the field of “Search”. Find the cmd.exe out of all the results, then right click on it and choose “Run as Administrator”.

Supposing C is your primary drive, type rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and press Enter. This sentence will delete Recycle Bin out of C:, do it again and/or change the word “C” by the name of other drives if necessary. This command “rd” will remove all the folders, meanwhile /s means removing all subfolders. Then /q will deactivates all status messages. 

Finally, type Exit and press Enter. Windows will immediately close command prompt and act exactly what you type. We hope this will solve your problem – please inform us what you deal with it.

More disaster for Recycle Bin


The automatic updates for PC using Window 7 seemed to botch up my Recycle Bin. System Restore couldn’t help, and I even couldn’t delete Recycle Bin by using command prompt.

Though Recycle Bin looked empty, there was a hidden folder 7.8MB whose name was “S-1-5-21-1287572835-11547434736-1001”. Inside this are 5 folders, each folder name started with “$R...” and I neither could delete all of them. 

I used to rename Recycle Bin “Oldrecyclebin”, then, immediately a new Recycle Bin appeared. It presence prevented me from being annoyed by the corrupt Recycle Bin, but I still can’t delete the original Recycle Bin. Please give me your expert advice.

It sounds you give it a try as our above question suggested. You said that you couldn’t delete the Recycle Bin but without any error messages. This is always useful in answering audience’s questions. Knowing which update Windows version was used right before the problem occurred can be really necessary. 

You have to make sure that you use a command prompt as an Administrator – click Start, type cmd, right click on cmd.exe on the given results and choose “Run as Administrator”. If this file is belonged to other users, being an Administrator is not enough for you to delete it. However, as an Administrator, you have the right to take the file usage and then delete it. Right click on oldrecycle.bin and choose “Properties”. Open the Security tab, and then click Advanced. Choose Administrators in the box “Change owner to” and then click OK.

Close right away all the open windows. Right click on the file, choose Properties Security. But in this time, choose Edit and choose Administrator in the above window. Make sure that Full control is activated in the below window and press OK. From this moment, you can delete files once you sign in as an Administrator.

CyKey on the tablet?


I deadly want to buy a tablet. iPad looks so fabulous but it was equipped without USB port. This is vital because I have to use it with the one-handed keyboard CyKey which was used together with the USB receiver.

Based on its lack of USB port, there is no simple method for using CyKey with iPad. Some tablets have the USB ports, but CyKey lets us know that this equipment only synchronize with Windows, Mac and Linux – sadly speaking, doesn’t synchronize with Android. However, with the Bluetooth is being developed, it is compromising for a tablet or smartphone USB 2.0 supporting.

It is expected to appear in 2nd Quarter of 2012, but you have to check CyKey downloading. It is too soon for tell how well it performed with tablets but remember that most people interact with iPad with one hand.


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