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05 Mar 2021

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Software Author(s):

  • David De Groot


recyclenow empties empty recycle bin utility

RecycleNOW - Free Removal Tool

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1.0.0 | Updated: 05 Mar 2021



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Software Author(s):

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RecycleNOW - Free Removal Tool 1.0.0

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install RecycleNOW - Free Removal Tool, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade RecycleNOW - Free Removal Tool, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall RecycleNOW - Free Removal Tool, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:

📝 NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade recyclenow -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade recyclenow -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install recyclenow
    name: recyclenow
    version: '1.0.0'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'recyclenow' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '1.0.0'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller recyclenow
    Name     = "recyclenow"
    Version  = "1.0.0"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'recyclenow':
  ensure   => '1.0.0',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator TheCakeIsNaOH on 14 Mar 2021.


RecycleNOW is a small utility that, when triggered, immediately empties the Recycle Bin.
It is meant to be a time-saver as, especially on slower computers, emptying the Bin can take a while. There is no interface, just run it and it will automatically empty the recycle bin. You can use a scheduler to run it, run it from the command line etc. Very simple, but may be useful for some.


  • Fast as lightning
  • There's no visible interface, just an icon
  • Double-click and FLASH! The bin is empty!
  • Runs on Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2k/2k3/2k8/XP/V/7/10

Package installation defaults

By default, installation of this package:

  • Will be installed in Chocolatey tools directory.
  • Will NOT install a desktop icon.
  • Will install a start menu shorcut.

Package parameters

  • /InstallDir - Installation directory, by default Chocolatey tools directory.
  • /DesktopIcon - Create a desktop shortcut.
  • /NoStartMenu - Do not create a start menu shortcut.

choco install recyclenow --params '"/InstallDir:C:\your\install\path /DesktopIcon /NoStartMenu"'

To have choco remember parameters on upgrade, be sure to set choco feature enable -n=useRememberedArgumentsForUpgrades

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$PackageParameters = Get-PackageParameters

If ($PackageParameters.InstallDir) {
  $installDir = $PackageParameters.InstallDir
} Else {
  $installDir = "$toolsDir"

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  unzipLocation = "$installDir"
  fileType      = 'exe'

  url           = ''
  checksum      = '29D631E693005D722267AD7F52437443612CD36C6907E2F1EF1273C03FF1975F'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'  

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

$targetPath = Join-Path "$installDir" 'RecycleNOW\RecycleNOW.exe'

# Add start menu shortcut
If (-Not( $PackageParameters.NoStartMenu )) {
  $programsPath = "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\"
  $programsFilePath = Join-Path $programsPath "RecycleNOW.lnk"
  Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$programsFilePath" -targetPath "$targetPath"

# Install desktop icon
If ( $PackageParameters.DesktopIcon ) {  
  Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$Env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\RecycleNOW.lnk" -targetPath "$targetPath"
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
Uninstall-ChocolateyZipPackage $env:ChocolateyPackageName ''

# Remove start menu shortcut
$programsPath = "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\"
$programsFilePath = Join-Path $programsPath "RecycleNOW.lnk"
If (Test-Path "$programsFilePath") { Remove-Item "$programsFilePath" }

# Remove desktop icon
$shortcutFilePath = "$Env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\RecycleNOW.lnk"
If (Test-Path "$shortcutFilePath") { Remove-Item "$shortcutFilePath" }

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