Are you sure you want to delete WINDOWS?!

Last night I tried to empty my Recycle Bin in Windows XP, which in itself was a little odd given that the icon said it had items in it, but opening it revealed … nothing.

I decided to try to empty it anyway. Imagine my surprise when I got this confirmation dialog box (below):

Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'?
Are you sure you want to delete ‘WINDOWS’?

While I’ve been tempted in the past … I clicked No.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

3 thoughts on “Are you sure you want to delete WINDOWS?!”

  1. This actually happens quite often with Windows XP.

    XP is the only version that I am aware of that this “bug” occurs with.

    Simply restart your computer and you recycle bin will then completely and you won’t have to worry about. At least until the next time it happens. Then restart again

  2. Hi, I’ve seen this on friends machines before and every time it has been refering to a usb flash drive which has been removed since. All we did was work out which flash drive and reinsert it and run empty recycle bin to clear the error message.

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