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my system is refusing to keep recycle bin icons on multiple monitors following reboot

I use a Windows 7 environment on a desktop, and recently configured my system with 4 monitors. I placed a recycle bin icon on each of the 4 monitors and started realizing that following most reboots, either all or most of the recycle bin icons would be gone.

I tried experimenting with creating them as a shortcut of current recycle bins, as well as going to the original recycle bin through start > All programs, etc. and creating them from there. I'm not having trouble with any other icons except the recycle bin. Is there something unique about that particular icon?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Try the other system folders i.e. computer / network / libraries
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photoman11Author Commented:
I don't see anything under that path.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
The "Recycle Bin" that the icon links to is the collection of the RECYCLE folders on all drives.  It is not a single object or even a single real folder but an artifact of the operating system.
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photoman11Author Commented:
Dave,

If I understand what you're saying, the "recycle bin" is less of a physical object and more similar to the Windows 7 Library concept of referencing something else.

In any case, I am still missing how to set up the icons so they don't continually disappear after so many reboots. Thanks.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't know.  I can't find anything about 'multiple Recycle Bin icons' that isn't about errors.  Nothing about them being there intentionally.
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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
I came across another EE post that uses a script (compiled as an.exe) that empties the Windows recycle bin. May be an option for you to use as a shortcut on your desktops??
Here is the post:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_26541554.html
You'll find the .exe at the end of the post. Hope this helps.
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lamaslanyCommented:
Out of interest how're you creating these 'Recycle Bin icons'?
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photoman11Author Commented:
ivanoviola:,

Forgive my lack of technical understanding but I am not looking for a way to empty recycle bins. I'm looking for a way to create an icon for a recycle bin on each of 4 different monitors and have them remain there after rebooting.

lamaslany:

I've tried several different ways, all from the right context menu. I have tried "create shortcut" as well as "copy" and then I left click on a desktop and click "paste." Is there a better method?

Thanks to everybody for your help.
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lamaslanyCommented:
There is something unique; yes.  The Recycle Bin uses a 'Known Folder' GUID.  

Could you try creating a new folder on your desktop and naming it:  mybin.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}



To be honest I have never tried to have duplicate Known Folders on the desktop so I am unsure how they'd be handled.  In theory you could just create multiple Known Folders.


If push comes to shove I can walk you through the process to copy the existing Recycle Bin registry keys to create custom Known Folders with their own GUIDs...


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photoman11Author Commented:
Not quite sure what you mean about creating a new folder on my desktop. How is the number .{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} related to the folder? Is it in the name, or what?
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lamaslanyCommented:
The GUID is the Known Folder GUID for the Recycle Bin.  This GUID is held in the registry.  

There are two areas of the registry pertinent to the Recyle Bin icon on the desktop.  The first is the key HKCR\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} and the second is HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}.
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photoman11Author Commented:
I feel like me playing around in the registry is similar to a blind man jumping around in a mine field. Both should probably be avoided for safety reasons.

Is there anything that can be done short of entering the registry, to accomplish what I'm trying to do?
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lamaslanyCommented:
Creating folders with specific names isn't really 'playing around in the registry'.  If you feel it is you should probably stop using the computer all together as almost everything you do in Windows accesses the registry!  :D
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Unfortunately the way windows is set up is that the icons are shown on the 'main' display and I tried to explain to you that they are not 'shortcuts' but system icons and system icons can be modified by the themes while shortcuts cannot. unless you patch the operating system to display the system icons on all monitors they are stuck on your main display panel. As shortcuts they will not reflect the current status of the recycle bin either.
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