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About Task Manager in my XP pc: With no programs showing in the large Task Manager Task/Status box I see that I have 53 Processes running and that the CPU activity indicator bounces around from 0% to 100%. Is that <normal>? What are these 53 processes? How can I tell if I really need them?

Might the high CPU usage indication be related to two other conditions I am experiencing: 1. my mouse pointer frequently freezes for several seconds (5 or 10) and then (almost always) automatically unfreezes; and 2. the system seems to be responding sluggishly when working the internet? Thanks.
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Hi batpark,

Lets take a look to see what's running.

Listproccess
A very small program that simply lists the processes that Task Manager lists, including the full path name so you can see what program they are part of. You can easily copy and paste the list into a text file for before/after comparisons, or to email/forum when asking for computer help. You may be surprised at what is running on your computer! Some processes waste a lot of computer resources and make your computer sluggish.
Download ListProcesses for Windows HERE Save the file to the desktop.

  • Once downloaded to the desktop
  • Double click the Listproccess Icon
  • Click run
  • When the window opens "select" GetList
  • Scroll to bottom of the window and click on Copy
  • Reply to this thread and paste the contents of the list so we can see it.

Edited by zep516, 14 November 2011 - 10:06 PM.

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Download CCLEANER the link below:

http://www.piriform....leaner/download


Just DONT us the registry cleaner function of CCleaner unless you know what you are deleting exactly!!

Then open ccleaner hit the tools button then startup second one down below uninstall then in the bottom right hand corner of ccleaner hit save to text file.Save it to your desktop and post the startup.txt here in your next reply.Also hit start run then type msconfig then hit the services tab then hit put a check mark in hide microsoft services what is listed there,after hiding microsoft services?

Edited by rockmilk, 13 November 2011 - 02:08 PM.

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List of processes running 3:21pm 11-13, per Listprocesses

Thanks for your help.



C:\Documents and Settings\AKS\Local Settings\Apps\F.lux\flux.exe
C:\Downloads\ListProcesses.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast5\avastUI.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\GFI\GFIBAC~1\GFIAgent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\GFI\GFIBAC~1\GFIHInst.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\GFI\GFIBAC~1\GFIHSC~1.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\Audible\Bin\ADHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PC Tools\sMonitor\StartManSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Wireless\PRISMCFG.exe
C:\Program Files\Everything\Everything.exe
C:\Program Files\FSL\SuperFinder\SuperFinder.exe
C:\Program Files\Hotkey Search Tool\SearchTool.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Video\FxSvr2.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Video\LogiTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2\WG111v2.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LVCOMSX.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PRISMSVR.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
\SystemRoot\System32\smss.exe
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Hi batpark,
Would you do one more thing for us:
Please download MiniToolBox HERE When the box opens click save file, save it to the desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following boxes:
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
  • Click Go and post the result.

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Zep516: Continued thanks. Here is the MiniTools report.

MiniToolBox by Farbar
Ran by AKS (administrator) on 14-11-2011 at 07:53:27
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (X86)

***************************************************************************

=========================== Installed Programs ============================

32 Bit HP CIO Components Installer (Version: 2.1.5)
7-Zip 4.65
Abacast Client
Acrobat.com (Version: 2.0.0)
Acrobat.com (Version: 2.0.0.0)
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Adobe AIR (Version: 1.5.3.9130)
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin (Version: 10.3.181.26)
Adobe Flash Player ActiveX (Version: 9.0.124.0)
Adobe Reader 9.4.6 (Version: 9.4.6)
Apple Application Support (Version: 2.1.5)
Apple Mobile Device Support (Version: 4.0.0.96)
Apple Software Update (Version: 2.1.3.127)
Ask Toolbar (Version: 1.9.1.0)
Audible Download Manager (Version: 5.0.0.1)
Auslogics Disk Defrag (Version: version 3.1)
AutoHotkey 1.0.48.05 (Version: 1.0.48.05)
avast! Free Antivirus (Version: 6.0.1289.0)
Belarc Advisor 8.1
BOINC
Bonjour (Version: 2.0.1.2)
Bonjour (Version: 3.0.0.10)
Brain Fitness Program
BufferChm (Version: 82.0.173.000)
CCScore (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
CDDRV_Installer (Version: 4.60)
Comcast Desktop Software (v1.2.0.9) (Version: 23)
Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system (Version: 12.0.6514.5001)
Copy (Version: 82.0.188.000)
Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows (Version: 1.13)
Dell Digital Jukebox Driver
Dell Driver Reset Tool (Version: 1.02.0000)
Dell Photo Printer 720
Dell Photo Printer 720 Logger (Version: 1.0)
Dell Picture Studio v3.0 (Version: 3.0.0)
Dell System Restore (Version: 2.00.0000)
DellSupport (Version: 6.0.3062)
Destinations (Version: 82.0.173.000)
DeviceManagementQFolder (Version: 1.00.0000)
DJ_AIO_ProductContext (Version: 82.0.203.000)
EarthLink setup files (Version: 2005.1.47.0)
Easy Bridge
ESSBrwr (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESSCDBK (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESScore (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESSgui (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESSini (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESSPCD (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
ESSPDock (Version: 6.03.0001.0004)
ESSTOOLS (Version: 5.00.0000.0004)
essvatgt (Version: 8.00.0000.0001)
EVEREST Home Edition v2.20 (Version: 2.20)
Everything 1.2.1.371
F4100_Help (Version: 82.0.203.000)
FastStone Image Viewer 4.6 (Version: 4.6)
GFI Backup 2009 - Home Edition (Version: 3.0)
Google Desktop (Version: 5.9.1005.12335)
Hotbar (Version: 11.0.358.0)
Hotkey Search Tool
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Basic Device Software (Version: 22.50.231.0)
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Help (Version: 140.0.66.66)
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Product Improvement Study (Version: 22.50.231.0)
HP Imaging Device Functions 8.0 (Version: 8.0)
HP Photo Creations (Version: 1.0.0.3781)
HP Update (Version: 4.000.012.001)
Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 Driver (Version: 6.14.10.4396)
Intel® PRO Network Adapters and Drivers
Intel® PROSet for Wired Connections (Version: 8.00.5000)
Internet Explorer Default Page (Version: 1.00.03)
iPod for Windows 2006-03-23 (Version: 4.7.0)
IrfanView (remove only)
iTunes (Version: 10.5.0.142)
Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album (Version: 4.0.4)
Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album 5 (Version: 5.21)
Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 Dell Edition (Version: 8.10.0000)
Jasc Paint Shop Pro Studio, Dell Editon (Version: 1.01.0000)
Java Auto Updater (Version: 2.0.2.1)
Java™ 6 Update 20 (Version: 6.0.200)
Java™ 6 Update 7 (Version: 1.6.0.70)
KhalInstallWrapper (Version: 4.60.122)
Kodak EasyShare software
Learn to Play Bridge
Learn2 Player (Uninstall Only)
Logitech Audio Echo Cancellation Component (Version: 10.50.1096)
Logitech Desktop Messenger (Version: 2.52.18)
Logitech QuickCam Software (Version: 8.47.0000)
Logitech SetPoint (Version: 4.60)
Logitech Video Enumerator (Version: 10.50.1096)
Logitech® Camera Driver
Macromedia Flash Player (Version: 7.0.19.0)
MarkAble 1.6.0 (Version: 1.6.0.0)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 (Version: 1.1.4322)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2572067)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB979906)
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 2.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 3.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Version: 3.5.30729)
Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider Package
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP (Version: 1)
Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003 (Version: 11.0.8173.0)
Microsoft Office File Validation Add-In (Version: 14.0.5130.5003)
Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003 (Version: 11.0.8305.0)
Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition Installer (Version: 1.1.0.3514)
Microsoft Plus! Photo Story 2 LE (Version: 1.1.0.3463)
Microsoft Silverlight (Version: 4.0.60831.0)
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053 (Version: 8.0.50727.4053)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (Version: 8.0.61001)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.21022 (Version: 9.0.21022)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148 (Version: 9.0.30729.4148)
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.6161 (Version: 9.0.30729.6161)
Mozilla Firefox (3.6.24) (Version: 3.6.24 (en-US))
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978) (Version: 4.20.9841.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) (Version: 4.20.9848.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430) (Version: 4.20.9870.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688) (Version: 4.20.9876.0)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser and SDK (Version: 4.20.9818.0)
MSXML 6 Service Pack 2 (KB954459) (Version: 6.20.1099.0)
MVision (Version: 10.50.1096)
My Way Search Assistant
My Way Search Assistant (Version: 1.0.256)
My Web Search (Popular Screensavers)
netbrdg (Version: 7.01.0000.0001)
NETGEAR WG111v2 wireless USB 2.0 adapter (Version: 1.00.03281)
NewsStand Reader
OfotoXMI (Version: 8.02.1000.0001)
Paint.NET v3.31 (Version: 3.31.0)
QuestBrowse 1.0 build 127 powered by FIRST SEARCHBAR
QuickTime (Version: 7.71.80.42)
RealPlayer
Registry Mechanic 9.0 (Version: 9.0)
Rhapsody Player Engine (Version: 1.0.604)
Senselang
SFR (Version: 8.01.0000.0001)
SHASTA (Version: 7.01.0000.0001)
skin0001 (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
SKINXSDK (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
Skype 3.0 (Version: 3.0)
Skype add-on for IE
Skype Plugin Manager (Version: 1.0.171)
Slideshow Generator Powertoy for Windows XP (Version: 1.00.0001)
Sonic DLA (Version: 4.95)
Sonic RecordNow! (Version: 7.3)
Sonic Update Manager (Version: 2.9)
Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 RC2b (Version: 1.4 RC2b)
staticcr (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
Status (Version: 82.0.173.000)
Super Finder XT 1.6.3.2
TrayApp (Version: 82.0.188.000)
TrueCrypt (Version: 7.0a)
Unlocker 1.8.7 (Version: 1.8.7)
USB 2.0 Wireless LAN Card Utility (Version: 8.1.20)
Viewpoint Media Player
VPRINTOL (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
WebEx
WebFldrs XP (Version: 9.50.7523)
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474) (Version: 1.7.0018.1)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) (Version: 1.7.0036.0)
Windows Imaging Component (Version: 3.0.0.0)
Windows Internet Explorer 7 (Version: 20061107.210142)
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Player 10 (Version: 9.00.3636)
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Presentation Foundation (Version: 3.0.6920.0)
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Version: 20080414.031525)
WIRELESS (Version: 8.02.0000.0001)
XML Paper Specification Shared Components Pack 1.0
Yahoo! Anti-Spy

========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 60%
Total physical RAM: 1277.98 MB
Available physical RAM: 504.85 MB
Total Pagefile: 1515.86 MB
Available Pagefile: 917.84 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1995.3 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:33.87 GB) (Free:2.28 GB) NTFS
4 Drive e: (My Book) (Fixed) (Total:465.64 GB) (Free:464.33 GB) FAT32

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\DELLJ8WBJ71

Administrator AKS Guest
HelpAssistant SS SUPPORT_388945a0


**** End of log ****
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Download CCLEANER the link below:

http://www.piriform....leaner/download


Just DONT us the registry cleaner function of CCleaner unless you know what you are deleting exactly!!

Then open ccleaner hit the tools button then startup second one down below uninstall then in the bottom right hand corner of ccleaner hit save to text file.Save it to your desktop and post the startup.txt here in your next reply.Also hit start run then type msconfig then hit the services tab then hit put a check mark in hide microsoft services what is listed there,after hiding microsoft services?


rockmilk: Thanks for your help. I am going to hold off on this suggestion until I first finish the other route suggested here.
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Hi Batpark,

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:33.87 GB) (Free:2.28 GB) NTFS

You're running out of free space on the "C" drive. Windows needs 20% free space to run efficiently. You need to take a serious look at those programs listed and start getting rid of the ones you do not use. That will create more free space. You should have at least 6GB Free you only have 2.28GB free.

Here's a list of items that must go

Ask Toolbar (Version: 1.9.1.0)
Everything 1.2.1.371
Hotbar (Version: 11.0.358.0)
Hotkey Search Tool
Java Auto Updater (Version: 2.0.2.1)
Java™ 6 Update 20 (Version: 6.0.200)
Java™ 6 Update 7 (Version: 1.6.0.70)
KhalInstallWrapper (Version: 4.60.122)
My Way Search Assistant
My Way Search Assistant (Version: 1.0.256)
My Web Search (Popular Screensavers)
RealPlayer
Registry Mechanic 9.0 (Version: 9.0)
Super Finder XT 1.6.3.2
Viewpoint Media Player
Yahoo! Anti-Spy
Ad-Aware SE Personal

I would strongly consider running pcdecrapifier HERE Then go through the list of installed programs and see what's left to get rid of.

Are you using this backup program GFI Backup 2009 - Home Edition (Version: 3.0) If not I would consider getting rid of it.
All the Sonic programs?
Logitech programs are you actually using these?
  • Logitech Audio Echo Cancellation Component (Version: 10.50.1096)
  • Logitech Desktop Messenger (Version: 2.52.18)
  • Logitech QuickCam Software (Version: 8.47.0000)
  • Logitech SetPoint (Version: 4.60)
  • Logitech Video Enumerator (Version: 10.50.1096)
  • Logitech® Camera Driver
Adobe Reader 9.4.6 (Version: 9.4.6) out of date, and it's a huge program, all it does is read PDF files. You can get a smaller one like Foxit reader, we can talk about that. Don't install anything yet.

Mozilla Firefox (3.6.24) (Version: 3.6.24 (en-US)) Out of date! We can up date it later....
All that printer software!! Is that printer even connected, printer software always installs a lot of junk!
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Basic Device Software (Version: 22.50.231.0)
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Help (Version: 140.0.66.66)
HP Deskjet 1050 J410 series Product Improvement Study (Version: 22.50.231.0)
HP Imaging Device Functions 8.0 (Version: 8.0)
HP Photo Creations (Version: 1.0.0.3781)
HP Update (Version: 4.000.012.001)

See what I mean take a close look and get rid of some of the build up, this will generate free space and will also stop some items from running at start up. What about all the Dell programs too?
  • See if you can get your Free space at least to 6GB or more.
  • Trouble uninstalling anything let us know.
  • When you complete post another MiniToolBox log by Farbar.

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Zep516: Amazing! Thank you so much. I will get on to cleaning up my system. .... Batpark
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Hi Zep516:

Using CP\Add and Remove Software I was able to remove many of the junk applications in your suggestion. But:

1. Several of the applications you listed do not show in the listing of applications: There is no KhalI Wrapper for example. Similarly I don’t see Logitech Video Enumerator.

Why do some of my applications appear in the Start/All Programs listing but not on the Add or Remove listing?
Where did you spot some of the programs that are not on the Add/Remove listing?


2. Is there another route (other than Add/Remove Programs) I should take to get rid of some of the xcess programs?

3. I see that the vast amount of my hard drive memory is consumed by stuff other than these applications. Is there a way to see what are the big users? Could they be photos or, maybe, stuff I may have inadvertently downloaded from iTunes (once before, years ago, that was a problem I had). How can I check how much memory iTunes is consuming?

4. And, FWIW, how can I make better use of the vast amount of memory I have in my Ebook (E: drive)?

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is there another route (other than Add/Remove Programs) I should take to get rid of some of the xcess programs?


Click>Start>click MyComputer Double click "C" (Local Disc) Look for Program files folder double click it. This is where the majority of programs install. Once you're in that folder look for example KhalI Wrapper folder, Hint if you hit the K KEY on the key board it will highlight the folders that start with "K" once you find the folder right click on it and delete it.
This program Windows Directory Statistics will show where a lot of stuff is and how much space is being used. Get it from HERE

Could they be photos or, maybe, stuff I may have inadvertently downloaded from iTunes

They sure could, look in the Documents folder, for picture folders, My music, etc.

And, FWIW, how can I make better use of the vast amount of memory I have in my Ebook


Drag your photos to it. Drag any .doc files to it. I'm betting you have a lot of stuff in the My Documents folder.

Also
Download Ccleaner HERE Install it, then open it, and click "Analyze" then hit "Run Cleaner" keep doing that until it shows 0 bytes. Close your browser windows when running it.

Next
Clean out your temporary internet files and temp files.
Download TFC by OldTimer http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe to your desktop.
Double-click TFC.exe to run it.
Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator
TFC will close all programs when run, somake sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
* Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process.
* Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two.
* Please let TFC run uninterrupted until it is finished.
Once TFC is finished it should restart your computer. If it does not, please manually restart the computer yourself to ensure a complete cleaning.

Remember we are removing files so use caution when in doubt don't do anything, When is the last time you emptied the recycle bin you wont gain any space until you do that.

Let me know when that's done.
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Zep516: I am in the process of removing applications and decrapifying files. Although I have more to go I wonder if you (or others) would comment on these preliminary observations.

1. At the rate at which I am gaining more free space on my C:drive it seems that I will never get to 6GB of free space. Wherever are these 30+ GB I am using now? How can I locate them?

2. Years ago when I first bought an iPod I signed up (through iTunes) for a half dozen free weekly magazine audio downloads ... and then forgot that I had done so. A year later I discovered that my C:drive was all full of these downloads. I wonder if something like that hasn't happened again. How do I determine how many bytes I am consuming in iTunes right now?

3. I see from Task Manager that I am running 51 "processes." Does that sound excessive? Just what are these processes? Could they be causing my cursor to freeze for 3 to 20 seconds? Should I be screening these processes to see what I can eliminate? How?

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Hi batpark,

Try this program (TreeSize Free) to check out where and what is taking up space, HERE
Lets keep working on freeing up space. Then we can talk about processes etc.

Edited by zep516, 14 November 2011 - 10:55 PM.

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Zep516: When I click on the RecycleBin icon (on my XP desktop) I see that the Recycle bin is empty. And that conclusion is confirmed when I enter Run cmd, cd\; cd\recycler; dir recycler.

But when I run TreeSize Free the result shows there is 3+GB in Recycler!

Can you see what I am doing wrong; why the disparity?
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batpark

Whilst zep516 is offline I will offer some help and then when he returns, he will resume.

I have helped you before on a JPEG issue, on which by the way you said you would post the results. However you have not done so.
Please do follow your threads to a conclusion or post that help is no longer required etc.
Please do not just leave them in mid-air so to speak.


That said -

The recycle bin on Xp of course ONLY shows what is in the bin.
I know that sounds obvious but the Recycler you mention is not the same as the bin.
http://answers.micro...83-616ca62da1e2

Go Tools Folder options, check Show fhidden files and folders and uncheck Hide Protected operating system files.
Now you should see the recycler folder.
"Recycler" is a hidden folder so go to Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View

Check "Show hidden files and folders"

Remove the check from

"Hide protected operating system files"

You will receive a warning but just go ahead. Go back later to hide them again.

You will then see the "Recycler" folder C:\Recycler
Is there a deleted user account - but with files maintained. - if so the recycler folder for that user may provide you with the answer.
and the recycler on any other drives





and if you right click the recycle bin icon and click properties you can then confirm the drives allocated the recycle bin.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 15 November 2011 - 03:57 PM.

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