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Incorrect or generic folder icon assigned to the Recycle Bin

After you apply a third-party theme and uninstall it, the system folders such as Recycle Bin may exhibit a generic folder icon or a white square.

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This happens due to incorrect defaulticon value in the registry. Try these steps to reset the icon back.

  • Right-click Desktop, and choose Properties
  • From the Desktop tab, choose Customize Desktop
  • Select the Recycle Bin (full) icon and click Restore Default
  • Select the Recycle Bin (empty) icon, click Restore Default

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More Information

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.