Recycle bin error in xp

Hello,

Windows XP Home Edition - SP3.

When I right click the recycle bin and click *empty recycle bin* I get the following error message :

**Cannot delete x86_policy.8.0.Microsoft.VC80:The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name**.. ok.

If I reclick the recycle bin again, I'm asked if I want to remove Windows, I click *no* even though I know I can't delete Windows from the recycle bin.

I've tried booting into safe mode : Last known good configuration - no joy.
Chkdsk - no joy.
System Restore back to before the error message appeared - no joy.

Please can you help?

Many thanks,
Anne
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  1. Anne62 said:
    Hello,

    Windows XP Home Edition - SP3.

    When I right click the recycle bin and click *empty recycle bin* I get the following error message :

    **Cannot delete x86_policy.8.0.Microsoft.VC80:The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name**.. ok.

    If I reclick the recycle bin again, I'm asked if I want to remove Windows, I click *no* even though I know I can't delete Windows from the recycle bin.

    I've tried booting into safe mode : Last known good configuration - no joy.
    Chkdsk - no joy.
    System Restore back to before the error message appeared - no joy.

    Please can you help?

    Many thanks,
    Anne

    That is a windows "Policy" file, and probably should not be in recycle bin to start with. What have you uninstalled recently ? Could be the result of an unsuccessful uninstall.
  2. ksiemb said:
    That is a windows "Policy" file, and probably should not be in recycle bin to start with. What have you uninstalled recently ? Could be the result of an unsuccessful uninstall.


    Hello,
    Thanks for replying.
    I've been deleting and uninstalling programs I no longer wanted, and as far as I know I haven't deleted/uninstalled anything I shouldn't have.
    Can this policy file be rstored to its rightful place, please?
    Thanks,
    Anne
  3. Anne62 said:
    Hello,
    Thanks for replying.
    I've been deleting and uninstalling programs I no longer wanted, and as far as I know I haven't deleted/uninstalled anything I shouldn't have.
    Can this policy file be rstored to its rightful place, please?
    Thanks,
    Anne



    Yes.
    1) - First use the system restore function to take a manual Restore Point.

    2) - Right click the file in Recycle bin, click restore.

    3) - Shutdown / restart. Everything ok ?
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