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For XP/2003
1. Open Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to this registry.

Code: ‹ Select ›
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

3. Delete this key Code: ‹ Select ›
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you're supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.

4. Close Registry Editor. You don't need to restart/reboot your PC, just go to the desktop and refresh!
5. In order to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop just import it back to the registry in case you've exported it earlier.

For Vista
The Recycle Bin icon is horrible and I hate it. Windows Vista has an even simpler way to hide the icon than XP does, but why couldn't they have disabled it by default?

Right-click and delete. It's as simple as that.
Enjoy!

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