Jun 23, 2010

Delete the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop in Windows XP

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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

2. Find the following key:
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
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:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

5. Create the following key:
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Just copy and paste the above key including the brackets.

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