Can't get windows to use Default Recycly Bin Icon

By Unfathomable ยท 9 replies
Apr 20, 2006
  1. Hello again...

    I recently got a new Vid Card (2-3 days ago), and it came with a 'Theme'.
    So, curious as to what it was, I installed the theme and apparently installed WinStyles Desktop Manager as well. So, I applied the theme through WinStyles, and I didn't like the way it looked, so, I choose the Classic theme and apply it (also within WinStyles). Everything goes back to normal except for the Recycle Bin Icon.

    I've tried changing the icon through 'Customize Desktop'. That didn't seem to work either.

    I'll post a screenshot with the 'Customize Desktop', Recycle Bin Icon, and Recycle Bin Window.

    Thanks in advance,

    Attached Files:

  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Possibility ONE Possibility TWO

    "The Recycle Bin icon is defined in two places in the registry:



    Values and corresponding data

    (Default) is %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,31
    Empty is %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,31
    Full is %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,32

    If you install a third-party theme, the defaulticon values in any of the above locations are modified."
  3. Unfathomable

    Unfathomable TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a bunch! I knew where the "_user" one was at, but i didn't know the "_root" location

    i'll try it out.

    THanks again,
  4. Unfathomable

    Unfathomable TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so I looked in both locations.
    everything is set to the default values. however, i still have the same ugly recycle bin. That thing wont go away.

    Are there any other places to define an icon?

  5. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    From what I understand shell32.dll is the folder that contains icons.
    31 and 32 refer to the 31st and 32nd icon in that folder.
    Have a look in that folder C:\\Windows/system32/ folder and see if
    the ugly icon is in there anywhere.Delete it if you see it.

    There should be more icons in moricons.dll and Iconlib.dll

    Try searching for .ico files.There is a file association fix for.ico files HERE

    It`s something to do with the way IE handles favicons.Windows Explorer
    is basically IE.

    What I`m saying is,dunno.
  6. Unfathomable

    Unfathomable TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i tried the link you gave me, and i used his program to restore the icon... didn't work. what do i do now? i can't think of anything.

    please help asap
  7. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    No solution yet,but things to try -

    If you wanted to remove it entirely this might work

    "Policy: Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop
    Description: Removes most occurrences of the Recycle Bin icon. This setting removes the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop, from Windows Explorer, from programs that use the Windows Explorer windows, and from the standard Open dialog box. This setting does not prevent the user from using other methods to gain access to the contents of the Recycle Bin folder. Note: To make changes to this setting effective, you must log off and then log back on.

    HKCU\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\
    NonEnum!{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} "

    Lots more about Recycle bin HERE

    Try installing another theme with a bin you like,then uninstall the theme,see what happens.

  8. Unfathomable

    Unfathomable TS Rookie Topic Starter

    still no change.... see the screenshot.
  9. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    This is ridiculous,somebody MUST know where those icons are hidden.
  10. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    try using icon packager. once installed, open it, choose recycle bin, and manually browse to shell32.dll, and choose the correct icons for empty and full bins.
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