Corrupt Recycle Bin

It is common for Windows users to suddenly be dealing with a corrupt Recycle Bin.  I found that the fix ended up being pretty simple; unfortunately I tried some other, more arcane fixes initially.  So hopefully you found this article early in your diagnostics and can try the method described below.

What I did that finally worked was deleting the corrupted Recycle Bin.  Don't worry -- after deletion, a new one was created in its place.  To delete, you need to temporarily allow system files to be shown (the steps for doing so vary upon the version of Windows you are running so just conduct a web search to find the correct method).  Then just select and delete the corrupted Recycle Bin.  Windows will automatically create a new one, and that should solve your problem.

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