Prevent The Recycle Bin From Being Deleted

There should be an image here!In a previous tip, I showed you how to restore the Recycle Bin if you (or someone else) inadvertently deleted it. You can also prevent the Recycle Bin from being deleted all together with a Registry tweak. By completing the steps below, the Delete option is no longer available when you right click the Recycle Bin.

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}.
  3. Create a new registry key called Shell.
  4. Create a new registry key named Delete and put it beneath the Shell key. The path should look like this: HKCRCLSID{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}ShellDelete.
  5. Modify the Default key and assign it a value of Recycle Bin.

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