To delete the Recycle Bin icon from the Windows XP/2003 desktop follow these steps:
1. Open regedit from run. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
2. Find the following key:
Delete the above key.
Note:Before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup.
3. Close Registry Editor.
There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon disappears from the desktop.
4. In order to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop, just re-create the missing key. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
5. Create the following key:
Just copy and paste the above key including the brackets.