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Server 2012 GPO To Disable Recycle Bin Guide

In this quick guide I will show you how to disable the Recycle bin with a GPO, this will be applied with group policy preferences. The reason I am doing this is because a client has redirected folders for users and when they are deleting items they are using up valuable storage space on the servers as the recycle bin roams with the redirected folders. In this example the domain is a server 2012 domain and we will use the key know as NukeOnDelete which does away with the Recycle Bin.

First in Group Policy Management Select the OU you would like to apply this policy to and then right click and select Create a GPO in this domain.

disable recycle bin redirected folders


Then give the GPO a valid name.

name GPO

Then one the GPO is created right click it and select edit. Now we are going to publish a registry key using Group Policy Preferences. Browse to the following location as seen below.

Computer Configuration > Preferences >Windows Settings > Registry

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Then right click registry and select New > Registry Item.

Set the Action to create


The path to


The Value Name Name to NukeONDelete

Value Type to REG_DWORD

Value DATA to 1

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Then simply run a GPupdate /force

force group policy update

Tags: GPO, recycle bin

Allen White

Allen is an IT Consultant and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5, 6 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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    Will this delete anything that is already in the recycling bin?


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