Subscriber Rick wrote about a problem he was having with Windows 7 — his Recycle Bin was missing and wouldn’t return:
Hi, I have never asked for help before but here goes, I have WINDOWS 7, 64 BIT. I removed the recycle bin icon from the desktop because I don’t like any shortcuts on my desktop.
I went through the Personalization area and unchecked it, but when I tried to recheck to put it back up on the desktop it doesn’t appear up there. It is like someone took the trash out but forgot to bring the can back! I can’t imagine where it is, but it is a puzzler for sure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rick
I wrote back to Rick to as him that, w he rechecked the option, does it stay rechecked?
Other quick thoughts I had, and asked, were if he had rebooted, or done a refresh of the desktop (right-click on desktop, Refresh) to see if it came back?
Apparently some others have had similar problems issues, but this doesn’t say WHY the recycle bin was missing. Here’s some discussion on the Microsoft Community forum about the missing Recycle Bin in Windows 7:
Thanks for the rapid response, if I check it, it remains checked and vice versa if it is unchecked. But I will try that refresh op right now didn’t know about that.
I have tried it as you said and refresh does absolutely nothing, could it be the desktop image I downloaded from a web page?
Reboot does nothing, this is one wacky problem. I can live without recycle bin but it is still very puzzling and has me stumped.
Since Rick didn’t mention whether he’d found the link helpful, I asked "Did you check out the answers.microsoft.com link? The last item looks like it may be the easiest fix, assuming you don’t have a System Restore Point that (a) has it and (b) is recent enough not to mess up all your other files."
Rick responded that he’d finally solved the problem by using System Restore.
It took system restore almost an hr to run at the date I set for it, I set it for June 27, the only thing that went wrong was that Norton had to update again but everything is working GREAT!!
Thanks so much for your help, I just was hoping I wouldn’t have to do a complete recovery whew you saved me a lot of aggravation, and I love your page it is like a computer encyclopedia! Is your email address where I am supposed to go to send in problems or is there another link somewhere? I can’t find anyplace on the site where to register because I saw a logon. But I get your newsletter which is really informative and cool.
Listen to this one, I have a friend in NJ that is on JUNO.COM for his email, if I send him an email through COMCAST it doesn’t get there and vice versa from him to me. So I opened a gmail account just to send him mail and receive it. The problem has to be at his end because I have a friend here in Florida that is on Juno and we email back and forth daily. What do you think? It is puzzling again because comcast says it has to be at his end not there’s. Anyway thanks Again, God Bless. Rick
I suspect that Rick’s friend has accidentally marked one of Rick’s emails to him as "spam" and the Juno is now protecting him from Rick’s emails.