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Thread: Deleted files keep coming back or reappearing in Windows Recycle Bin

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    Default Deleted files keep coming back or reappearing in Windows Recycle Bin

    After I delete files from my Windows 10 PC, the get deleted and go to Recycle Bin. I empty the Recycle Bin and the files get deleted there too and the Recycle Bin is empty.

    Now after I restart my computer, the deleted files reappear in Recycle Bin,

    Weird!

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    Maybe your Recycle Bin is corrupted. Reset your Recycle Bin and see if that helps.
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    Hi Matrix,

    Hope you have resolved your issue.

    I agree with Mr. HappyAndyK that sometimes the Recycle Bin is corrupted due to which it restricts the files to get deleted from it. To overcome this issue, check the following.
    First of all, we have to check the settings of Hidden Files. To do so, follow the mention steps:

    Click on Windows button and type My Computer. This will open a window where your drives are visible.
    There at the top, you’ll see a View option in the Menu Bar. Click on it.
    In the View Tab, you’ll get option settings with the help of which you can change the settings of folders and search options.
    Select it.
    A new window will appear to you. In that Window, click on the View Tab.
    There you’ll see a folder of Hidden Files and Folders. You have to make sure that ‘Show hidden files and folders’ radio button is selected and ‘Hide protected operating system files’ should be unchecked.
    Then click on OK button.

    Now, it’s the time to work on the Recycle Bin.
    Select the drive on which your Windows was installed on.
    Search $Recycle.Bin.
    You have to delete $Recycle.Bin by right-clicking the file and click on Delete.
    It will ask you for permanent deletion, click Yes.
    It will also ask you for the confirmation action, click on Continue tab.
    When the UAC prompt appears to you, click on Continue button.
    It will ask you for the permanent deletion, click Yes.
    Delete File dialogue box will appear, check the Do this for all current items and click Yes to save your time.

    After the completion of this process, restart your system and once it restarted, go to the Folder Options again and change the viewing of hidden files to their default settings.

    Good Luck!
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    Problem solved. Thank you (Y)

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