HowTo:Delete the Recycle Bin

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Why do you have to have a freaking recycle bin on your desktop?

WARNING: A Chinese freaking genius computer geek with perfectionism-type-OCD and slight schizophrenia wrote this article in Chingrish while he was listening to the music, playing PS3, chatting, eating cashew chicken, finishing up his homework and Wikipedia-ing Riemann hypothesis. Your head may explode somewhere during the process of reading the article, following up his thoughts, or performing related actions. You may also be infected with nerdiness, a highly contagious and infective disease with no known cure that may cause mass epidemic. But no worry! Nobody will fix you up!

“A Recycle Bin on the desktop can increase your performance. It is one of our three best features since 98, along with the Blue Screen of Death and the paperclip. ”

~ Bill Gates on Recycle Bin

Isn't it just ANNOYING that in Windows you have to have a Recycle Bin on your desktop? That it is the thing that you have to see everyday for eternity? That it used up too much free space? That it reeked because there are things other than documents you had thrown in(eww.)? 

Let's get rid of it for good. Step by step tutorial on a task that was historically considered impossible for deleting the Recycle Bin in 3 steps!!! 

Step 1: Minimum System Requirements

Typical recycle bin on a desktop.

Don't have MS Windows 7?

If you have  any of the following systems:

  • Microsoft Windows -1.0/0.0/1.0/2.0/2.1x/3.0/3.1/95/98/2000/ (ME)/XP/Vista
  • Macintosh OS

You should consider:

Step 2: Delete your Recycle Bin

Trouble finding "Delete"? Try out Microsoft's newest keyboard.

Using your mouse, click to select the Recycle Bin, press the delete key on your keyboard, and in the following prompt click "Yes".

Note for those who are unfamiliar with using computers: When we refer to clicking with the mouse, we are referring to moving the cursor (or little arrow) around the screen. This is done with a piece of hardware known as a mouse. At no time are we suggesting hitting any part of your computer with a rodent. 

This should pop up.

It doesn't exactly work with Windows XP, but you can try.

Step 2.5: In case that doesn't work



Several had reported Step 2 didn't work for them, and a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation. Until the problem is solved soon, try the following procedure: 

  • Press Windows Key Window Key Windows Logo Key 田 Key AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! WHATEVER THAT KEY IS Key + "R" Key
  • Type in "cmd" (without the quotation marks) (without the quotation marks and the information inside the parenthesis + the parenthesis) (without... AARRGGHH!! Lemme do it again.)
  • Type in cmd
  • Press Enter

Waitwaitwait!!! That won't do. You can't delete cmd while you are running cmd... Hold on...

  • Find a flash drive and insert it into a USB port on your computer
  • In My Computer Your Computer Your My Computer "My Computer", find your flash drive. (And don't say to me "It's right here" and point to it. I mean to locate the drive on your screen.)
  • Backup, and right click your flash drive, click "Format"
  • Tick the "Create an MS-DOS startup disk", and click "Start"
  • Restart your computer using the flash drive to enter the NEWEST and MOST EPIC edition of Microsoft, MS-DOS!

(Wait... I forgot where the Recycle Bin is... it's supposed to be somewhere under Disc C, right?)

  • Enter RD /s /q C:\ then press enter
  • And wait for magic
Just hit Enter!

Step 3: You Now Have Successfully Removed Your Recycle Bin!!

Congratulations!! Now you have successfully removed your Recycle Bin!!

NOTICE: Several people have reported a crash on the computer, which is an inherit contradiction. How could you report that there is a crash on your computer if your computer is crashed? Ignore those ignorant posts. They must be Microsoft's men who are envious of our success.

Step 3+: Apologizationalness and Recover methods

Your computer after the operation.

Sorry!!! I didn't expect that it removed other files along with the recycle bin. Now, the fastest way to resume your system running is to re-install Windows... What? There are things you don't want to delete? Luckily, there is a way to recover your data. According to some Wikipedian experts(me), the files you deleted won't just vanish from your drive. They are marked as free space, but the information isn't lost. Now, the most important thing to do is - hang on, I'm out of red bull. OK. Get a friend's compüter, and Googol "linux iso". Download the first file you find, and burn it to a CD. Open up and look at all those wonderful files you had in your documents. Quit the *.iso screen, unplug the compüter, and discard. Please recycle.

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