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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-Windowsshell application (such as File Manager), the file is not placed in theRecycle Bin and it cannot be restored (undeleted).
Recycle Bin is a Windows shell application; it tracks deletions fromwithin the Windows shell only. 16-bit applications and MS-DOS-basedapplications 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 filesare available to be restored from the Recycle Bin.
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Article ID: 120681 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 10:30:30 - 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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