Make Recycle bin icon appear on your Desktop in Windows

If you’ve accidentally deleted the Recycle Bin icon from your Desktop or some programs have removed it, you can restore the recycle bin icon by following the simple steps below:

On a Windows 7 PC

Step 1: Go to Start >> Control Panel >> “Personalization”

Step 2: Click “Change Desktop Icons”

Step 3: Tick the “Recycle Bin”

You can see that there are few other options given here as well, such as “Computer, User’s Files, Network, Control Panel” icons. You can remove and enable these icons by selecting from here.

On a Windows XP PC

To restore Recycle bin icon for Windows XP PC, you need to edit Windows Registry. Please note that Registry is one of the core database that store configurations and settings in Windows. Please be extra careful when you make changes to Windows registry.

To access Registry, click on Start >> Run >> “regedit”. Now create a backup of registry:


Step 2: Click File >> Export

Step 3: Give a name and store it on Desktop

Note: We create a backup of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE only because we are going to edit only this portion.

To restore Recycle Bin in XP

Step 1: Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and locate “\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace”

Step 2: Right click “NameSpace” and click “New” >> Click “Key”

Step 3: Enter {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} and press Enter

Step 4: Click on {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, on the right panel double click on “Default”, enter “Recycle Bin” in the window opened

Step 5: Click Ok and close Registry Editor

Do you know any other method for restoring Recycle bin icon on to Desktop?

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