[Windows 7 Fix] Deleting 1000+ Files in a Single Batch Deletes them Permanently and doesn’t Put them in Recycle Bin

Have you ever tried to delete more than 1000 files in a single batch in Windows 7? We suggest you to never try it otherwise you'll not be able to recover them from Recycle Bin as Windows 7 will not move those deleted files to Recycle Bin. Windows will delete the files permanently.


Actually its a bug in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Deleting 1000+ files deletes them permanently and doesn't put them in Recycle Bin. Microsoft has confirmed this bug and has released a stability and reliability update KB980408 to fix the issue.

Along with the above mentioned issue, this update also fixes following issues:

  • Windows Explorer crashes and then restarts when you access a third-party Control Panel item.
  • You cannot connect to an instance of SQL Server Analysis Services from an application in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 after you install Office Live Add-in or Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant.
  • Windows Explorer may stop responding for 30 seconds when a file or a directory is created or renamed after certain applications are installed.
  • The Welcome screen (login screen) may be displayed for 30 seconds when you try to log on to a computer if you set the desktop background to a solid color.

You can download the fix using following links:

Download Link (Windows 7)

Download Link (Windows 7 64-bit)

Download Link (Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit)

Download Link (Windows Server 2008 R2 IA64) (What is IA64 or Itanium-based system)


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  • Microsoft really in a rush developing Windows 7! If not, why it is quite buggy!

  • I tried deleting 1000+ files and it was gone forever. Good thing I had a back-up.

  • If you use Windows Update regularly, you should be fine. It's included in the list of updates.

  • They weren't in a rush developing Windows 7. Besides at maximum i have only seen around maybe 20-30 bugs which should be fixed in Windows 7 SP1. If not then sp2 for sure. and most of these bugs are minor not something that screws up the whole os like in mac os 10.6 snow leopard there was this guest account bug that when you turn it off or on i think it will delete all your data on the admin. now thats SERIOUS

  • I haven't even noticed this - I always delete my files with Shift-Del and never use Recycle Bin :)

  • I Have a Question VG why does windows need 20 GB free disk to install windows (64-bit)

  • VG

    ^^ To make sure all files are copied properly on your hard disk. Its done as precaution.

  • How do I know whether this update has been installed or not, or what is the update's KB name/number as Windows Updates set to Automatic.
    Win 7 SP1 64Bit

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