Fix: ‘Some Files Can’t be Emptied From Recycle Bin’ in Windows 8.1, Windows 10

By: Marian Cularea
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Like many of our Windows 8.1 users you to might want to permanently delete at a certain point a file or a folder permanently from your operating system. Seeing that some of our Windows 8.1 users are having difficulty with this issue you will find out a couple of lines below what you can do to fix the Recycle Bin and get your files permanently deleted.
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In many of the cases you will either not have the sufficient permissions to delete the specific folder from the Recycle bin or your Windows 8.1 operating system is blocking your access to that folder because of a number of registry errors that it may encounter. Either way we will apply the methods posted below in order to solve your issue and get your system back and running in no time.

How to fix Recycle Bin if it does not empty completely in Windows 8.1

First method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen in Windows 8.1
  2. From the menu that appears you will need to left click or tap on the “Search” feature presented there.
  3. Write in the search box the following: “restore your files”.
  4. After the search is finished left click or tap on the “Restore your files with file history”.
  5. You will be presented with a search box and you will need to write there the folder from Recycle Bin that you are not able to delete.
  6. Left click or tap to select the file or files that you are not able to delete normally and left click or tap on the “Restore” button.
  7. Now that file should be restored where it was before you deleted it.
  8. Close the “Restore your files with file history” window and go to the file that you are having issues with.
  9. Left click or tap on it to select it.
  10. Press and hold the button “Shift” and the button “Delete”.
  11. Left click or tap on the “Yes” button to confirm the deletion.
  12. This should bypass your Recycle Bin folder and permanently delete your file.

Second method:

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  2. When the menu bar appears left click or tap on the “Search” feature present there.
  3. In the search box you will need to write the following: “Control Panel”
  4. After the search is finished left click or tap on the “Control Panel” icon.
  5. Left click or tap on the “System and Security” feature.
  6. Left click or tap on the “Administrative tools” feature.
  7. In the list on the right side find and open the “System Configuration” feature.
    Note: You can also open system configuration by pressing and holding the “Windows” button and the “R” button and in the “Run” box you will need to write: “msconfig.exe” without the quotes. Then press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  8. Left click or tap on the “Boot” tab situated in the upper side of the window.
  9. You will see there a topic named “Boot options”.
  10. Check the box next to the “Safe Boot” feature.
  11. Left click or tap on the “OK” button to save the changes.
  12. Left click or tap on the “Restart” button if you are asked, if you are not then restart your computer anyway.
  13. After the restart of the Windows 8.1 operating system is completed it should get you to the safe mode configuration.
  14. Go to the Recycle Bin folder and try to delete the files you are having trouble with.
  15. To get back your normal startup system you will need to go again to the “System Configuration” window as you did above but this time uncheck the box next to “Safe boot” and reboot your operating system.

Third method:

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  1. Log in with your administrative account in Windows 8.1 and access your Recycle bin folder.
  2. Try emptying it now.
  3. If it worked then you might not had sufficient permissions on the user you were logged in with.

These are the steps that will get your Recycle Bin empty feature work again in Windows 8.1. Please write us any other questions related to this article in the comments section of the page a little bit below and we will help you further with this situation.

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For various PC problems, we recommend to use this tool.

This tool will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Quickly fix PC issues and prevent others from happening with this software:

  1. Download ReimagePlus (100% safe download).
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues (requires upgrade).