How to Increase Security on Recycle Bin Properties

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring Registry Key" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
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By default, everyone has the right to open and set properties on the Recycle Bin. If an administrator wants to remove this right, he or she can make the following change in the Terminal Server's registry with REGEDT32.

NOTE: NEVER use Regedit.exe to modify the registry. Microsoft provides Regedit because it has registry-searching capabilities that Regedt32 does not have.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

  1. Run Regedt32.exe
  2. Under HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer, locate the key called BitBucket.
NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.

  1. Highlight this key and select Security on the Registry Editor menu.
  2. Select Permissions and change permissions for the group Everyone from Special Access to Read. Changes are dynamic.
After making the change, simply exit from Registry Editor. Users will now be unable to modify the Recycle Bin properties.

NOTE: The Bitbucket Key is not created by default. If the bitbucket key does not appear in the above registry location, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Recycle Bin and select Properties.
  2. When the properties dialog box is open, select OK to exit.
The bitbucket key should now be created.


Article ID: 186595 - Last Review: October 8, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
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