Windows 7 - Lost Recycle Bin

I've been clearing out some clutter from my PC (as I do on a regular basis), when I accidentally deleted the 'Recycle Bin' icon from the desktop.
I can't do a restore because they've all been cleared out and I've run 'Registry Repair Wizard' to clean up the registry.
If I go into the 'Personalize' folder and click 'change desktop items'' the recycle bin is ticked. Also if I open Windows Explorer and click on desktop it is shows the 'Recycle Bin' icon, as a last resort I've tried to create a short cut from this and place it on the desktop, but it wont let me.

So, I'm guessing it's a problem in the registry and as the rest of the system has been faultless since installing W7 Home Premium (64bit) I'm reluctant to dabble without some guidance.

Computer Specs
Operating System - Windows 7 64 bit
Computer Type - Mesh
Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black
Motherboard - Asus M4A78 Pro
Video Card - ATI XFX HD5450 1Gb
Memory - 8 Gb DDR2
Hard Drive - 1 TB serial ATA 2
Network Adapter - Linksys WMP 600N
Monitor - Samsung 22" 206 BW Wide Screen
Optical Drives - Blu-Ray Re-writer Super Format
Anti-virus Software - Norton Internet Security
Windows Experience Index - 5

Best Regards

PS I have tried Registry Booster, but that hasn't helped

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Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click Appearance and Personalization, click Personalization, and then click Change desktop icons.
Click to select the Recycle Bin check box, and then click OK.

Right click on desktop > View > Show icons.


Start > Run > Regedit :

Modify/DWORD 32 Value Name: NukeOnDelete = 0



Start > Run > type GPEDIT.MSC > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Remove Recycle Bin icon from the desktop >
Click the Setting tab > Set to Disabled


Many thanks, I now have a recycle Bin!

You're always welcome. :)

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