Here I googled "XP RECYCLE BIN REPAIR" and found this old article.
Windows XP Home, Sp3. (Spare computer for emergency use and which contains programs which will not operate in Windows 7).
If I open the recycle bin, there is nothing there.
If I try to empty the recycle bin, the message asks "Are you sure you want to delete these 8 items ?".
If I say "yes", I get an "error deleting file or folder" message which states "cannot delete filterpipelineprintproc: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use".
I ran Avast, Malwarebytes, AdAware and Chkdsk. All OK.
Microsoft Fixit had to shut down because of a problem, but I seem to remember it doing that in the past with other computers.
Folder options is set to "Show hidden files, folders and drives". "Hide protected operating system files" is unchecked.
The recycle bin shows empty with 0 objects and 0 bytes, but if I check "empty recycle bin", it states 8 items. If I proceed with "empty", it says it cannot delete filterpipelineprintproc. If I add a file to the recycle bin, it then shows 9 files. It will delete the added file but then says it cannot delete filterpipelineprintproc.
Filterpipelineprintproc appears several times in C: I thought this was automatically deleted in a system update or something like that? A Google search seems to say that it shouldn't be there, but not sure. Don't know why it seems to be connected with the recycle bin.
It seems as though there are two issues (maybe related?): Corrupt recycle bin and the appearance of the filterpipelineprintproc file.
Using the command rd /s I tried to remove the recycler folder from all drives and then reboot. When it came to the external hard drive, it would not remove many files because of protection. Thinking that removing the external drive might solve the problem, I removed it and rebooted. Then the recycle bin would not work at all because the commands were greyed out. Another odd thing is that after all but the external drive were reset, the number of files indicated in the recycler were 2 and not 8. When I plugged the external drive back in, the recycle bin commands were present, but it wouldn't delete the filterpipelineprintproc file. Why won't the recycle bin function when the external drive is unplugged?
I did a search of all files and folders and found that filterpiplineprintproc.dll appears 13 times. Six of those are in C:. Many are in the external drive. Maybe these are the cause of the recycle bin behavior. Can I delete them?
I would appreciate your help in solving this problem.