how do i empty recycle bin in windows vista

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
how do i empty the recycle bin in windows vista
Question by:ComputerEnterprises
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    Right click on it and choose "Empty Recycle Bin"
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    IT's quite easy:

    1.       Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking the Recycle Bin on the desktop.
    2.       Do one of the following:

    To delete one file, click it, and then press DELETE.

    To delete all of the files, on the toolbar, click Empty the Recycle Bin.
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    Hi ComputerEnterprises,

    Either which dfxdeimos recommends or aboredman recommends also.
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    you could also run ccleaner and it will get a lot of garbage off your computer as well!
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    @ jordanroq

    How is that relevant?
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    by:Gregg DesElms
    It's not... directly.  But I think it was offered because a lot of people use CCleaner as a sort of periodic "clean-up-everything-and-delete-stuff" sort of tool.  And CCleaner does include an option to empty the recycle bin.  It sounds like jordanroq was merely suggesting that maybe the better way is to use CCleaner (and be sure to configure it to empty the recycle bin) whenever one might otherwise have just emptied the recycle bin.

    It's not terrible advice... though I use CCleaner a bit more often than I would ever empty the recycle bin, so I leave that option unchecked... and just manually empty the recycle bin whenever I need to.

    Just offering a little clarification.

    Author Closing Comment

    The problem was that it wouldn't empty with the usual ways of emptieing it.  Had to empty it through compand prompt.  CC cleaner would have helped as well.

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