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Vista Recycle Bin will NOT Show Contents

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My problem is as follows:
I delete files to the Recycle Bin. When I go to the Recycle Bin there are 0 objects showing. When I select to EMPTY the Recycle Bin it asks me if I want to remove the (insert # here) files from the Recycle Bin.  If I choose RESTORE nothing happens.  If I have the Recycle Bin window open as I delete a file the file does show in the window. If I refresh the window the file disappears.  If I choose EMPTY again the number has increased due to this new file being added.  The files are in there, but I can't see them.  

I have folder options set to show all files, hidden and system files as well. The administrator account has ownership of the Recycle folder.  Any help would be much appreciated.
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The System File Checker present in Windows Vista has been modified from the Windows XP version, with some missing switches and some additional possible switches.  You run it from an elevated command prompt by clicking the Start orb, clicking All Programs on the Start Menu, clicking Accessories, and then right clicking Command Prompt and choosing Run as administrator.  Assuming User Account Control is active, you will need to reply to a prompt for the administrator password or for a confirmation.  There are procedures you can use to find whether there is an invalid system file found by the SFC tool and replacing it, as explained in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;929833
Some Windows Vista functions may not work, or Windows Vista may stop responding

The new syntax for SFC can be found by running the command "sfc /?" from an elevated command prompt.  Output will be like this:


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>sfc /?

Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Resource Checker Version 6.0
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with
correct Microsoft versions.

SFC [/SCANNOW] [/VERIFYONLY] [/SCANFILE=<file>] [/VERIFYFILE=<file>]
    [/OFFWINDIR=<offline windows directory> /OFFBOOTDIR=<offline boot directory>]

/SCANNOW        Scans integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with
                problems when possible.
/VERIFYONLY     Scans integrity of all protected system files. No repair operation is
                performed.
/SCANFILE       Scans integrity of the referenced file, repairs file if problems are
                identified. Specify full path <file>
/VERIFYFILE     Verifies the integrity of the file with full path <file>.  No repair
                operation is performed.
/OFFBOOTDIR     For offline repair specify the location of the offline boot directory
/OFFWINDIR      For offline repair specify the location of the offline windows directory

e.g.

        sfc /SCANNOW
        sfc /VERIFYFILE=c:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
        sfc /SCANFILE=d:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll /OFFBOOTDIR=d:\ /OFFWINDIR=d:\windows
        sfc /VERIFYONLY

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Thanks for quick response Lee...
Tried sfc /SCANNOW and return showed "No Intergrity Problems".
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Does it have this same problem with multiple users, or just one?

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It is just me. I am the Administrator and User on this PC. This happens under the User account with Admin rights. I have multiple partitions and therefore multiple Recycle Bins... I have set all to 0 except the main one... The filename for the Recycle Bin has a $ in front of it???
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If other users have no problem like you, then perhaps it is a corrupted account.  You might try creating a new account for yourself and copying the data, as explained here:

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/769495bf-035c-4764-a538-c9b05c22001e1033.mspx
Windows Help and How-To:  Fix a corrupted user profile

By the way, that $ in front of the file name for the Recycle Bin is standard with Vista.  See this page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycle_Bin_(Windows)

See the section under Physical Storage Locations.
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arose1964, any feedback?

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Created new user(s). These users also have the same problem with the Recycle Bin. I copied my user profile to a new profile and the problem was not corrected.
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I had tried deleting the $Recycle.bin files fron within Windows with no affect. However your suggestion pointed me in a new direction. When I deleted each in Safe-Mode and rebooted... it is working correctly now
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