Deleted Files Keep Coming Back in Recycle Bin in Windows 10/11 Fix

Some times you may notice that you are deleting files from your system and removing them again from the Recycle Bin, but the deleted files keep coming back in the Recycle bin. This means that the Recycle Bin folder has gone corrupt. You wouldn’t know, unless you try to delete files from the Recycle bin. This can be frustrating, but on the brighter side, this issue can be fixed. We have some possible solutions that may help you get rid of the problem. Let’s see how.

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Press Win + X keys together on your keyboard and select Run to open the Run command.


Desktop Start Right Click Run


Step 2: Type cmd in the Run command and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter hotkey together on your keyboard to open Command Prompt with admin rights.


Run Command Search Cmd Enter


Step 3: Now, type the below command in the Command Prompt (admin) and hit Enter:


rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin


Command Prompt (admin) Run Command To Reset Recycle Bin Enter


Now, exit Command Prompt and restart your PC. Try deleting the Recycle Bin files now and they should be deleted permanently.


Method 2: Through File Explorer


Step 1: Press the Win + E shortcut keys together on your keyboard to open the File Explorer.

Step 2: In the File Explorer window, go to the View tab at the top. Click on Show/hide to expand and check the box next to Hidden items.


View Show Or Hide Hidden Items Check


Step 3: Now, click on This PC shortcut on the left and then on the right side of the pane, click on the drive where you have installed Windows.

For instance, in our case, Windows is installed in C drive, so, we selected the C drive.


File Explorer This Pc C Drive


Step 4: Now, when inside the C drive, look for $Recycle.bin.

Select it and hit Delete.


C Drive Recyle.bin Delete


Step 5: Now, you will see a prompt asking you for permanent deletion.

Press Yes to continue.

Step 6: You will then see a prompt asking for confirmation.

Hit the Continue button.

Step 7: Click on Continue on the UAC prompt that appears.

Step 8: Click Yes to confirm permanent deletion.

Step 9: You will now see the Delete File prompt.

Check the box next to Do this for all current items and click Yes to save your time.


The Recycle Bin on your system is now permanently deleted. Reboot your system and go to the File Explorer window > View > Show/hide > Hidden items.


Method 3: By Checking Permissions


Step 1: Right-click on the file or folder you want to delete and select Properties.


Select File Or Folder Right Click Properties


Step 2: In the Properties window, go to the Security tab and click on Advanced at the bottom.


Properties Security Advanced


Step 3: Next, go to the Owner section at the top and click on the Change link.


Advanced Security Settings Owner Change


Step 4: In the Select User or Group dialogue box, go to the Enter the object name to select field and type Everyone in the empty .

Press OK to save changes.


Select User Or Group Enter The Object Name To Select Everyone Ok


Step 5: Go back to the Properties window, and under the Security tab, click on the Edit button.


Properties Security Edit


Step 6: In the next window, go to the Permissions for SYSTEM field and under Allow check all the boxes.

Press Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.


Permissions For System Allow Check All


Step 7: Press Apply and then OK again in the Properties window to save changes and leave.

You should now be able to delete all files and folders from the Recycle Bin.


Method 4: By Uninstalling Cloud Syncing Software


Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Run to open Run command.


Desktop Start Right Click Run


Step 2: Write appwiz.cpl in the Run command search box and press OKĀ to open the Programs and Features window in Control Panel.


Run Command Search Appwiz.cpl Ok


Step 3: In the Programs and Features window, under the Uninstall or change a program section, find the cloud storage app from the list.

Right-click on the app and select Uninstall.


Programs And Features Uninstall Or Change A Program Select Program Right Click Uninstall


Select Yes to confirm and proceed with the uninstallation.

Once, the uninstalltion is complete, reboot your PC and you can now delete the files from your Recycle Bin. The deleted files or folders shouldn’t reappear again.