1.    31 Oct 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1
    windows 8.1

    On windows 8.1 recycle bin will not empty

    I am trying to delete whole recycle bin. As I highlight, right click and delete, a box called running actions comes up with a green bar showing the delete process. However the delete process does not finish and I now have 5 running actions boxes up. it has been like this for 4 days now and it seems there are no deletions. Please advise. Thanks
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  2.    31 Oct 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Western Cape
    Posts : 102
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit

    Not sure if this will help you: Show or hide the Recycle Bin - Windows Help

    .. or this: Permanently delete files from the Recycle Bin - Windows Help

    BTW ... nice to see another 10 Forums user from South Africa!
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  3.    31 Oct 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 321
    Windows 10x64 14936

    rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin
    Try running that from an elevated command prompt and see if it helps.
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  4.    01 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 128
    windows 10

    Open Folder Options, and click on the View tab. Select Show hidden files and folders,uncheck Hide protected operating system files.

    Open the Start Menu, click on the Computer button on the darker right side.

    Click on the C:\ drive to open it, right click on the $RECYCLE.BIN folder, and click Delete. If for some reason, Windows will not let you delete this file, then boot into Safe Mode and try to delete it again.

    Windows will then automatically create a new $RECYCLE.BIN folder and Recycle Bin on the Desktop for you afterwards.
    NOTE: You may need to press F5 to refresh the window to see the new $RECYCLE.BIN folder. If you still do not see a new one, then restart the computer to have it create a new one for you.

    Then set don't show hidden files and folders.
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