Windows 10 Recycle Bin Missing | [Complete Fix]

As you all know that a Windows 10 Recycle Bin is the location or a folder where all the deleted files are stored temporarily. This in-built Windows feature primarily allows you to recover deleted files from it before the files are permanently deleted.

In short, Recycle Bin is like your second chance on the Windows desktop to get back any data or file which you may have accidentally deleted. But what if your second chance to get back any data itself disappears from the desktop? Now your windows 10 recycle bin missing, leaving you clueless as to how to restore deleted files.

There are quite a few causes for it. For instance, a Windows update or any other third-party program might have removed the registry entry of the Recycle Bin. Learn here a few methods to get back your missing Recycle Bin in the following sections.

“Things to do while trying to recover a missing Recycle Bin?”

  • [There were a few important files in my Recycle Bin which I wanted to restore, but now, I cannot find my Recycle Bin.]
  • If you happen to fall in the above category, I would suggest you scroll down and go to the SFWare Deleted File Recovery sub-section.
  • [I just want to troubleshoot this error and get back the Recycle Bin icon on my desktop.]
  • In this case, just read the upcoming section which includes various steps and methods to troubleshoot and fix the Windows 10 missing Recycle Bin.

Method 1: Re-Enable the Recycle Bin
If you’ve accidentally disabled the Recycle Bin, it will stop appearing on the desktop. Before you try anything else, it’s good to double check if you haven’t disabled it by accident.

  • Select the Start button, then select Settings. Or, right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize.
  • Select Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.
  • Mark the Recycle Bin checkbox and then click on Apply.

Method 2: Creating a New Recycle Bin
If you’ve ticked the box but the Recycle Bin still doesn’t show itself, we can simply make a new one instead! This requires viewing hidden files, so be ready to change some settings so we can see them.

  • Open Windows File Explorer and select View > Options
  • In the Folder Options box > Click the View tab > Select Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
  • Click Apply and OK
  • Return to File Explorer, from the right choose This PC > C: Drive and Right-click $Recycle.Bin, and in the Send To menu pops up, choose Desktop (create shortcut)

Once you have your shortcut set up, go ahead and re-activate “Hide protected operating system files” to keep the important files and folders hidden away, just so they can’t be accidentally deleted.

(If this does not work, physically type “Recycle Bin” into the address bar of Windows Explorer. Then click the small black arrow next to Recycle Bin in the address bar and click on Desktop. The Recycle Bin should be in there. Right-click on the icon and select Create Shortcut. You should now have a shortcut on your desktop.)

Method 3: Turn Off Windows 10 Tablet Mode
Your computer might be in the Tablet Mode which by its nature does not display the desktop icons including the Recycle Bin. You have to switch them back on.

  • To turn your icons back on, go to Start > Settings > System > Tablet Mode.
  • Toggle off Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode and Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

Method 4: Reset Recycle Bin Using Command Prompt
Actually, each partition on Windows has a hidden and protected system folder – $RECYCLE.BIN. When your Recycle Bin gets corrupted in Windows 10, you can repair or reset it using Command Prompt. Follow the below steps to reset:

  • In Windows 10, right-click Start and choose Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type “rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin” and press Enter. This can reset the $RECYCLE.BIN folder on the C drive.

Recovering files from a missing Windows 10 Recycle Bin folder.
To get accidentally deleted files back or to get files from a missing Recycle Bin, it is necessary to choose a professional file recovery toolkit.

SFWare Deleted File Recovery:

  • Retrieve files emptied or bypassed from Recycle Bin
  • The software has been upgraded to recover file on Windows 10
  • Recover accidentally deleted and lost files in various scenarios.

Why choose SFWare?

SFWare Deleted File Recovery is an effective data recovery program. It can recover up to 300 types of files from desktop/ laptop’s hard drive regardless of the scenarios like permanent deletion or losing files from the Recycle Bin or missing the whole Recycle Bin itself. You may wonder how it is possible.

All this is possible because, when you delete any files on a permanent basis, only the index of those files will get erased not the actual data. This data will be present on the hard drive and you won’t be able to see that! However, SFWare deleted file recovery Tool can find out each and every erased file and helps you in recovering them in an easy way!

Whatever may be the reason for deletion say accidental/ intentional deletion of files, losing files due to virus attacks, deleting files using SHIFT and DELETE keys, etc.

SFWare Deleted File Recovery can bring back deleted files with almost no effort. This genuine program is not only good for deleted or lost files from PCs and laptops but also recover deleted files from recycle bin, external drives, pen drives, digital devices like memory cards or any other storage devices. It restores whatever you have deleted or missed such as documents, videos, music, emails, etc.

Steps on Recovering Deleted or Missing Files from Recycle Bin using SFWare File Recovery Tool:

Download and launch SFWare Deleted File Recovery software and follow these simple steps.

  • From the first screen, you can see three main options – “Recover Files”, “Recover Photos” and “Recover Drives”, Select “Recover Files”
    deleted file recovery home screen
  • Pick either “Deleted File Recovery” or “Lost File Recovery” option based on the circumstance you’re confronting
  • At the next screen, select “C drive” as it is Recycle Bins’ default location
    Select Drive
  • Once the recovery progress is completed, you can view files in “Data View” and “File Type” view

You can save your Recycle Bins’ recovered data to your desired location

Have a preview before saving the files:

  • Identify the files to be recovered.
  • Refine your search by using filters like name, size, type, and date.
  • Locate the desired files and preview them to evaluate the deleted file recovery.

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