View Full Version : Win98 Recycle Bin problem

26-11-2003, 10:12 AM
Got a PC running Win98SE. All runs fine except the Recycle Bin is not working.

When I delete a file, it asks "Are you sure you want to move the item to the Recycle Bin?" and I click yes. The problem is that it doesn't go to the Recycle Bin, it just disappears as though I was holding down the shift key while deleting.

I have checked all the Recycle Bin options and they are as they should be and there is plenty of HDD space free.

Any ideas?

26-11-2003, 10:28 AM
Sorry, forgot to add that I have booted to a DOS prompt and deleted the Recycled folder to make Win98 create a new one but made no difference. :(

26-11-2003, 10:53 AM

Are you deleting from the harddrive? Or are you deleting from A drive or networked drives?


26-11-2003, 11:02 AM
Definitely deleting from the C:

27-11-2003, 11:13 AM

27-11-2003, 11:30 AM
Right click on Recycle Bin > Properties
Remove the tick from "Do not move files to the recylcle bin. Delete immediately instead"

27-11-2003, 11:48 AM
Been there, checked that, it isn't ticked.

You know when that is ticked because when you delete something it just says "Are you sure you want to delete..."

Normally it says "Are you sure you want to send... to the Recycle Bin?"
This is what it is saying but it just doesn't do it???!!!

Susan B
27-11-2003, 04:54 PM
I could be way off course here but has the PC got a protected Norton's recycle bin that has somehow lost the plot?

27-11-2003, 04:57 PM
Yea, I checked that but has had nothing like that installed.

Been talking to another PC tech who's pretty on to it and it sounds like it might be the big reinstall :(

Peter H
27-11-2003, 07:37 PM
Big reinstall? Just boot from floppy - CD support - W98 CD in and run "set.exe" Very simple.

kirrie kiwi
27-11-2003, 09:30 PM
here are a couple of sites where there forums on 98 www.computing.net and http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/wwwthreads.pl hope this will help.kk

kirrie kiwi
27-11-2003, 09:40 PM
Just went to google and put in windows 98 endless info. kk

28-11-2003, 09:33 AM
Go to :
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\
And change the value of
"NukeOnDelete" to 0

You'll have to restart for the changes to take place.

28-11-2003, 10:15 AM
somebody, it looks like that only works in Windows NT/2k/XP.

I have tried it but NukeOnDelete key is not even in there.

28-11-2003, 10:32 AM
ok. It definetely works with Win9x/Me, however the original use of that key wasn't as I described.

The website I got it from actually intended it to be used to deliberatey bypass the Recycle Bin, and it also said that if you set it to 1, it would bypass the recycle bin, if you set it to 0, then it would return back to normal. I just figured that they key could have been on your PC. Oh well.. back to the drawing board.