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How Do I Empty the Recycle Bin for All Users

January 16, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to empty the recycle bins for all Microsoft Windows® user accounts on a computer at once.

Emptying the recycle bin is quite an easy operation, but when the computer is used by more than one person you must log on to each user’s account to empty its recycle bin. In this article you will learn any easy trick on how to empty the recycle bins for all Microsoft Windows® user accounts on a computer at once.

Instructions for emptying all recycle bins at once:

  1. You must be logged on to an administrator account and run a command line. For Windows® XP go to “Start > All Programs > Accessories > command Prompt”.
    In Windows Vista® and Windows ®7 you have to right-click on the icon and select the “Run as administrator” option.
    Now you have to insert one command:
    - For Windows XP® it is “ rd /s c:\recycler”. Then press the “Enter” key.
    - For Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 it is “ rd /s c:\$Recycle.Bin”. Then press the “Enter” key.
  2. You will be asked for confirmation. Press “y” and the “Enter” key again.
  3. This command will help in case the recycle bin is damaged.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you change the letter of the drive in the command (“c”) you can erase the recycle bins on other disk drives.

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