Windows 10 Recycle Bin is Missing | [Complete Fix-2021]

Whenever the file is deleted, the first place to look for restoring deleted files is Recycle Bin. What if you cannot find Recycle Bin on your computer? Recycle Bin disappeared from desktop could be a serious problem. The article helps you fix this problem using few simple methods to restore missing Recycle Bin on Windows.

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Why is my Recycle Bin Missing?

A few reasons behind missing Recycle bin could be a conflict with the third-party tool that hides the Recycle bin. A Windows update or deleted registry information of the Recycle Bin could be some of other reasons that makes Recycle Bin disappear from desktop.

Well, you no need to panic, with few simple steps you could get your Recycle Bin back. But the troubleshooting methods helps you restore the missing Recycle Bin. It doesn’t completely recover files present on the Recycle bin. If your primary concern is to recover files from Recycle Bin you can first try recovering your deleted data.

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How Do I Restore Missing Recycle Bin?

If your Recycle Bin is hidden due to Windows updates or Third-party conflicts, you can easily restore them using few simple steps.

Add Recycle Bin Back on the Desktop

If you’ve accidentally disabled the Recycle Bin, before you try anything else, try the following below steps.

Step 1: Select the Start button, then select Settings. Or, right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize.

Step 2: Select Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.

Step 3: Mark the Recycle Bin checkbox and then click on Apply

As these icons will be available in Windows 10, You can easily add the Recycle Bin icon to your desktop. Files you delete will be stored in Recycle Bin again.

Creating a New Recycle Bin Shortcut

If you’ve checked the box but the Recycle Bin still doesn’t show itself, we can simply create a new one instead! This requires viewing hidden files, all you have to do is some changes in setting using File Explorer.

Step 1: Open Windows File Explorer and select View > Options

Step 2: In the Folder Options box > Click the View tab > Select Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Step 3: Click Apply and OK

Step 4: 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.

Restore the Missing Recycle Bin by Editing the Registry

These steps contain steps to modify the registry. Incorrect modifying of the registry could lead to serious problems on the computer. Therefore, make sure you follow the steps correctly and to be at the safe hands, back up the registry before modifying it.

Steps to edit the registry to make the Recycle Bin icon reappear on the desktop

Step 1: Click Start, and then click Run.

Step 2: In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

Step 3: Locate the following registry key:


Step 4: Right-click the registry key > point to New, and then click Key.

Step 5: Type {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} > Enter.

Step 5: Click the new

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key that you created in step 5.

Step 6: In the right pane, double-click the (Default) entry.

Step 7: In the Edit String dialog box, type > Recycle Bin in the Value data box, and then click OK.

Step 8: Close Registry Editor.

Check if the problem if fixed. If the problem is with respect to deleted registry key the above-mentioned method should work for you. What if your Recycle bin is corrupted and unable to access the files stored on Recycle Bin when you receive an error message Recycle Bin on (Drive) is Corrupted?

Fix Recycle Bin on (Drive) is Corrupted Error Using Command Prompt

Each partition on Windows has a hidden and protected system folder – $RECYCLE.BIN. When your Recycle Bin gets corrupted in Windows 10/8/7, you can repair or reset it using Command Prompt. Follow the below steps to reset:

Step 1: Right-click Start and choose Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2: Type rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and press Enter. (Replace C with the drive containing corrupt Recycle Bin). This can reset the $RECYCLE.BIN folder on the C drive.

Also, this leads to the data loss from the Recycle Bin. Therefore, the corruption will be fixed, you won’t be able to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin.

Here is the best way to recover files from Recycle Bin. Using SFWare Deleted File Recovery Software, you can easily recover files from recycle bin. Be it permanently deleted or accidental, with SFWare you can get access back to the files stored on Recycle Bin. The tool helps you access data free from corruption without any hassle.

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Steps to Recover Files from Missing Recycle Bin

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

  1. From the first screen, you can see three main options – Recover Files, Recover Photos and  Recover Drives, select Recover Files
    Select Recover Files to Restore Files from Missing Recycle Bin
  2. Pick either Deleted File Recovery or Lost File Recovery option based on the circumstance you’re confrontingSelect either Deleted or Lost option
  3. At the next screen, select C drive as it is Recycle Bins’ default locationSelect C Drive
  4. Once the recovery progress is completed, you can view files in Data View  and File Type viewView recoverable files in Either Data View or File Type View

5. Select the files to restore and click on Next. You can Preview recovered files and save your Recycle Bins’ recovered data to your desired location.

Preview recovered files from missing recycle bin

Irrespective of the causes that lead to data loss, SFWare Deleted File Recovery can bring back files with almost no effort. This program is not only good for deleted or lost files from PCs and laptops but also recover deleted files from external drives, pen drives, digital devices like memory cards or any other storage devices. It restores any file formats you have deleted or missed such as documents, videos, music, emails, etc.


Recycle Bin is a very essential feature on Windows. Any damage caused to Recycle Bin leads to data loss from it. Few of the files could be accidentally deleted or few wantedly. Despite of the circumstances, first place to seek to recover deleted files are Recycle Bin.

Hopefully, the above mentioned helps you keep your Recycle Bin on your Desktop. If you happened to lose files from Recycle Bin, do not worry, you can always rely on SFWare Data Recovery software to restore files back without any damage.

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