How to Fix Recycle Bin File Association Error

Recycle bin is a place where all our deleted relics are stored, and we can restore them anytime unless we permanently delete them from Recycle bin itself. No matter you are having Windows 7, 8, 10, or even 11, Recycle bin will be there in each version of Windows. Unfortunately, in the last couple of weeks, some users reported that they are facing the Recycle bin file association error whenever they try to delete or restore something from the Recycle bin. Well, this issue may be caused due to wrong OS settings.

So, are you also getting the same error? If so, start the party because we are with our latest guide on fixing the Recycle bin file association error. Therefore, without wasting more time, let’s jump into the guide and see what steps that you need to take to fix this issue.

How to Fix Recycle Bin File Association Error

Best Methods to Fix Recycle Bin File Association Error

Here we describe the top 7 best methods to fix if you face Recycle bin file association error. So, make sure to read and apply them carefully. So, let’s get started with it.

#1. Perform A Full System Scan

If this error occurs frequently, then it means that your System might get affected by a malware attack. So, to confirm whether your System has a malware attack or not. You can simply perform a full system scan. But, make sure that you do not turn off or put your PC into sleep mode as it will take some hours depending upon your file sizes.

#2. Delete All Files From Recycle Bin

You can try this out as many users reported that after deleting everything from their Recycle bin. So, to do this, you can simply open your Recycle bin and press Ctrl+A altogether in order to select all the files. Then, press the delete button. Now, depending upon the size, it will take a few minutes to delete all the files. Once done, you can check if the issue gets fixed or not.

#3. Command Prompt

If you weren’t able to delete your file directly from the Recycle bin and end up getting the file association error. Then, you can use the cmd to fix this out. So, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. First of all, press the Win + X to open the WinX menu. Then, either select Command Prompt [Admin] or PowerShell [Admin].
  2. Now, use the command rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin and hit the Enter key.
  3. It will now ask you to confirm that you wish to delete this directory or not. So, type Y and hit Enter.

#4. Perform an SFC and DISM scans

For SFC: 

  1. Initially, open the Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Then, use the command: sfc /scannow and hit the Enter key to run it.
  3. Now, the scan will start, and it will take 10 to 15 minutes, so wait for it to be finished.

For DISM:

  1. Initially, open the Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Then, use the command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit the Enter key to run it.
  3. Now, the scan will start, and it will take up to 20 minutes, so wait for it to be finished.

#5. Add Your Account to Administrators Group

It might be possible that your current account is not added to the administrator’s group. So, you have to add it manually. But, in case you don’t know how to do this, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Start with pressing the Win+ R key and type lusrmgr.msc. Then, hit the enter key.
  2. After that, select Users and double-click on your account.
  3. Now, hover over to the Member Of tab and hit the Add button.
  4. After that, in the Enter the object names to select field click on Administrators. Then, select the Check Names. Finally, click on the OK button and save the changes you’ve made. Also, don’t forget to reboot your PC.

#6. Check For Updates

You can check if there is any pending or missing update is there on your PC. If so, then we recommend you update it as soon as possible. This will be the most often reason why you get the Recycle bin file association error.

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#7. Perform a System Restore

If nothing helps, then you can try performing a system restore. This will surely help you to fix this particular issue. So, here are the guidelines that you must follow to perform system restore:

  1. First of all, press the Win+S key and search for System Restore. Then, click on the Create a restore point.
  2. This will open the System Properties window. So, you need to switch to the System Protection tab. Then, click on the System Restore.
  3. After that, hit the next button. Then, if available, click on the Show more restores points again hit the next button.
  4. That’s it. Now, follow the on-screen instruction.

So, these were some methods using which you can easily fix the Recycle bin file association error. We hope this guide helps you. However, if this guide helped you, make sure to drop a comment in the comment box below.

Marcos Hamilton
  • Marcos Hamilton
  • Macros is a techno freak who loves new gadgets and always keen to know about the latest games and everything happening in and around the technology world. He has a massive interest in Android and streaming devices.

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