Cannot Empty Recycle Bin In Windows 10 [Solved]

If the storage is full and you want to free some space in the computer the first thing most users do is to remove the unwanted files or folders from the PC. Emptying the recycle bin is one of the steps performed in this process. But a few users face difficulties in deleting the items from recycle bin. This issue may be because the user may not have proper permissions or admin rights, or the recycle bin might be corrupted due to which every time you try to delete the recycle bin it might crash, etc. In this article let us see the different methods to solve the issue and delete all the items present in the recycle bin.


ADVERTISEMENT

Method 1: Restart Windows Explorer

 

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and from the appeared list click on the Task Manager

 

Task Manager

 

Step 2: Under the processes tab find Windows Explorer and right click on it and click on the Restart option

 

Restart

 

Now check if the issue is solved

Method 2: Empty The Recycle Bin Using Settings

 

Step 1: Open windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2: Click on System

System

 


ADVERTISEMENT


Step 3: On the left side click on Storage

 

Storage

 

Step 4: From the right, click on Temporary files

 

Temp Files


ADVERTISEMENT

 

Step 5: Wait for a few seconds to load the page, then click remove files button

 

Remove Files

 

Step 6: Once the process is completed. go to the recycle bin and check if there are any files present in it.

Method 3: Reset The Recycle Bin

 

Step 1: Open the command prompt as an administrator. To do that type cmd in the windows search bar and hold Ctrl + Shift keys together and hit enter 

Step 2: A user account control window will open, click on yes

Step 3: Copy the below command and paste it in the command prompt then hit enter

rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin

 

Reset

 

Step 4: This command will reset the recycle bin. Once the command is executed successfully restart the system and then check if the issue is solved.

Method 4: Close All The Running Apps

 

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and from the appeared list click on the Task Manager

 

Task Manager

 

Step 2: Under the processes tab, right-click on each of the apps and click on the end task

 

End Task

 

Step 3: Close the task manager and now check if you can delete the items from recycle bin.

Method 5: Perform A Clean Boot

 

Step 1: Open the command prompt using Windows + R keys together.

Step 2: Type msconfig in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open system configuration window

 

Msconfig

 

Step 3: Under the General tab, click on the radio button beside Selective startup and uncheck the Load startup items.

 

Load Startup Items

 

Step 4: Go to the services tab, at the bottom click on the check box beside Hide all Microsoft services

 

Hide Services

 

Step 5: Then click on Disable all button

 

Disable All

 

Step 6: Now go to the Startup tab and click on the link  Open Task Manager. This will open the task manager

 

Open Task Manager

 

Step 7: Right click on each of the app and click on the Disable option

 

Disable

 

Step 8: Once you have disabled all the apps, in the system configuration windows click on apply and ok  to save the changes. Then close the task manager.

Step 9: Restart the system and check if the issue is solved. If the issue is not solved then the reason for the problem is not start up applications. So go back and enable them

To enable the and start up normally

Step 10: Open the command prompt using Windows + R keys together.

Step 11: Type msconfig in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open system configuration window

 

Msconfig

 

Step 12: Under the General tab, click on the radio button beside Normal startup

 

Normal Startup

 

Step 13: Go to the services tab, uncheck the box beside Hide all Microsoft services

 

Enable

 

Step 14: Click on Enable all button


ADVERTISEMENT

Step 15: To save the changes click on Apply and OK

Method 6: Uninstall Third Party Software

 

Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2: Type appwiz.cpl in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the Programs and features window

 

Appwiz

 

Step 3: Right click on the third party software which you feel is causing the issue and click on uninstall

 

Uninstall

 

Step 4: Restart the system and check if the issue is solved.

Method 7: Kill The One drive task

 

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and from the appeared list click on the Task Manager

 

Task Manager

 

Step 2: Under the processes tab, right-click on One Drive app and click on the end task

 

One Drive

 

Step 3: Close the task manager and check if the issue is solved.

That’s it! I hope this article is helpful and let us know which method helped you to solve the issue. Thank you!!

ADVERTISEMENT