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Do Not Move Deleted Files to the Recycle Bin (Windows XP)

When a file or folder is deleted in Windows Explorer, a copy of the file or folder is placed in the Recycle Bin. Using this setting, you can change this behavior.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

If you enable this setting by creating a DWORD value called "NoRecycleFiles" and setting it to "1" then files and folders that are deleted using Windows Explorer will not be placed in the Recycle Bin and will therefore be permanently deleted.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, files and folders deleted using Windows Explorer will be placed in the Recyele Bin.

Logoff for the change to take effect.

Note: This setting applies to all hard drive partitions on the computer.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|NoRecycleFilesREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Value Name: NoRecycleFiles
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = enabled restriction)

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Last modified: June 20, 2003