Fix Recycle Bin File Association Error on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Recycle Bin is a feature that most users are aware of and one that is used on a daily basis. You should generally not have any trouble using Recycle Bin, but in some cases, users have reported corruption issues in recycle bin and errors like ‘recycle bin file association error’. Let us see how to resolve this error and repair the Recycle Bin.

Solutions to resolve the Recycle Bin association error

Solution 1: Clear contents of the Recycle Bin

Many users have reported that clearing contents of the Recycle Bin have helped solve the issue for them. So, clear the contents of the Recycle Bin. But before you do so, just make sure you have restored all the files you need.

You can use Ctrl + A to select all files in the Recycle Bin and delete them at once. Once that’s done, check if the file association error is resolved.

Solution 2: Run an anti-virus scan

The file association error in Recycle Bin could be very well due to a potential virus/malware. The virus can change your system settings, block certain features or prevent you from using certain features. So, if you think the error can be caused by a virus, run detailed anti-virus scan on the system and treat the virus.

Also, make sure you use a reliable anti-virus software as it is extremely important.

Solution 3: Delete $Recycle.bin folder through Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the taskbar search and select Command Prompt (Run As Administrator) in the search results
  2. When the command prompt opens, type

‘rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin’ and hit Enter

  1. You will be asked to confirm that you want to remove this directory. Press ‘Y’ to confirm and proceed

Now, the old recycle bin will be deleted and a new one will be created automatically. Since this step will delete all the files, make sure you back up required files before proceeding.

Note: If you need to recover files deleted from the Recycle Bin in Windows 7, 8 or 10, it is possible with the help of Yodot data recovery software. It can recover all kinds of files like documents, photos, videos etc. In some cases, files deleted may even bypass the Recycle Bin if the file size is too large. Even here, you can use Yodot data recovery to recover files that are not in the Recycle Bin.

Solution 4: Run SFC Scan

SFC, short for System File Check is a scan that scans and restores corrupt Windows system files. If the Recycle bin file association error is caused due to system file corruption, SFC is capable of resolving it. So, follow the instructions below to run SFC scan in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator
  2. Then type ‘sfc /scannow’ and hit Enter

Wait until the SFC scan completes. Please be patient as this may take around 15- 30 minutes to complete. Once the scan is complete, check if the file association error is resolved.

Solution 5: Update Windows

Having your system up to date is also known to avoid certain glitches that may cause the file association error in Windows 10, 7 or 8.1. So, the best way to avoid these problems is to keep your system updated at all times.

  1. Click on the Start menu and select Settings
  2. In the Settings menu, select Update & Security
  1. Then select Check for Updates

Windows will now check for updates and install them in the background. Once complete, restart your computer and see if the Recycle Bin error is resolved.

Solution 6: Perform a System Restore

System Restore is a feature that allows you to restore your system to an earlier point in time. This will basically undo any recent changes you made to your system that could be a reason for the error.

What you have to keep in mind while performing a System Restore is to choose a restore point that does not go too far back in time. Selecting a recent restore point will do just fine. To perform a System Restore, follow the steps below:

  1. In the taskbar search, type ‘system restore’
  2. Click on Create a Restore Point in the search results
  1. Under the System Protection tab, select System Restore to proceed
  1. In the System Restore window that appears, select an appropriate restore point and click Next

Then complete the restore process by following the on-screen instructions. Once your system is restored, the Recycle Bin file association error is resolved.