Why not make a backup copy before you empty the trash if you fear losing something?
While what's in the trash is not usable by apps, some folk won't accept that so why not the backup before you empty the trash?
Finally there is so little told about the machine that I can't offer much advice. We know the old XP DMA BUG is alive and well and will not be fixed. At least we can fix that every few months if we know about this site -> http://winhlp.com/node/10
Outlook Express compressed all my emails and folders and put in recycle bin ok. Emails and Folders are still in Outlook express and recycle bin. My question is if I empty my recycle bin will I still have the emails and folders in my Outlook express? My virtual memory is also slow ! Any ideas. System is M/S XO-Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3....I know it's old, but laid - off , using computer for job hunt....very slow! Thanks in advance. Signed.....Non-Geek computer Dummie!