Each drive includes a hidden $Recycle.bin folder that stores your deleted files, in case you need them back. However, if you can’t use the bin, it may be time to reset it. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to fix “Access Denied” or “Corrupt Recycle Bin” error message when trying to use the Recycle Bin on Windows 10.

How to reset Recycle Bin on Windows 10

To fix problems with Recycle Bin on Windows 10, use these steps: Once you’ve completed the steps, the hidden $Recycle.bin folder will be deleted, and after restarting your device, Windows 10 will recreate the Recycle Bin automatically. In the above command, we’re deleting the corrupted Recycle Bin on the C drive (where the operating system is installed). If the problem is on another drive, make sure to change the C:\ on the command with the correct drive letter. For example, E:. While we’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, you can also use these instructions to fix problems with Recycle Bin on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.