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    This topic contains 7 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  BobStr 1 month, 1 week ago.

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    • #2019311 Reply

      BobStr
      AskWoody Plus

      I have Win 10 Version 1809.

      An empty folder keeps reappearing after I delete it. Googling around I found a suggestion at the site Windows Report, here: https://windowsreport.com/windows-10-deleted-files-come-back/ .

      It says that the cause might be a corrupt recycle bin, and recommends using the remove directory command, like so: C:\Windows\system 32>rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin

      I boldly did that and got the message: “The system cannot find the directory specified.” (See attached screen capture.)

      Any idea why I get that message? And, while we’re at it, how to permanently get rid of the folder that keeps reappearing?

      Thanks.

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    • #2019367 Reply

      Kirsty
      Da Boss

      C:\Windows\system 32>rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin

      Have you tried:
      C:\WINDOWS\system32>rd /s /q c:\$recycle.bin

      (difference being c:$recycle.bin cf. c:\$recycle.bin)

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Kirsty. Reason: Oops - typo
      • #2019377 Reply

        BobStr
        AskWoody Plus

        I had not earlier (I don’t understand this stuff, but merely blindly follow instructions). I tried it just now and got the message: “Access is denied.” Actually, it was nine messages, per the attached. My user account has administrative rights, so I have no idea what’s going on there.

        Can you shed further light?

        Thanks.

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        • #2019382 Reply

          Kirsty
          Da Boss

          Try logging in to the administrator account first, rather than accessing administrator rights from your normal standard user account?

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          • #2019503 Reply

            BobStr
            AskWoody Plus

            Did it and, I hope, it worked.

            When I did the command prompt thing, no “access denied” message. Basically “nothing” happened, in the sense that I didn’t get a message saying something along the lines of “all your ills are now cured.” It merely when back to system 32. Is that the way it’s supposed to work?

            I’m supposing it did, because after I deleted the folder and rebooted, the folder stayed deleted. At least for now. We’ll see in the fullness of time.

            Thanks for your help.

        • #2019383 Reply

          Kirsty
          Da Boss

          Maybe a restart, then try again…

          Some information on the Access is Denied issue here.

    • #2019395 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      You could try chkdsk c: /f
      This will check the disk structure and fix if required.

      cheers, Paul

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      • #2019504 Reply

        BobStr
        AskWoody Plus

        As I just posted in reply to Kirsty, the recycle bin fix seems to have worked after I went through the Administrator account. But I’ll keep your advice in mind for the future.

        Thanks.

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