Files Deleted at MS-DOS Prompt Do Not Go to Recycle Bin

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When you delete a file when working at an MS-DOS prompt or in a non-Windows shell application (such as File Manager), the file is not placed in the Recycle Bin and it cannot be restored (undeleted).


Recycle Bin is a Windows shell application; it tracks deletions from within the Windows shell only. 16-bit applications and MS-DOS-based applications do not report deletions to Recycle Bin.


To avoid this problem, delete the file from Windows Explorer, My Computer, or another Windows shell application. This ensures that deleted files are available to be restored from the Recycle Bin.


Article ID: 120681 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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