Please don't give me the "just revert back to default" fix.
An OS like this should be able to have simple icon customization functionality ironed out right?
The Recycle Bin icon in Windows is set to display different icons when it is full and when it is empty automatically. If it does help, go back and again change back the icons, to what they should be, using the same procedure, mentioned above. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
If you find that when your Recycle Bin does not refresh but shows the same icon, irrespective of whether it is empty or full, here are some trouble-shooting steps you can try. Before you carry out any of these suggestions, I recommend that you check if your Recycle Bin is corrupted, and reset it, if it is. Now using the same method Enable /Check Recycle Bin, then restore defaults.
3] In the ‘Desktop Icons settings’ Dialog Box, check on Recycle Bin and click on the ‘Recycle Bin Empty’ icon. Now click Apply and check whether, when the Recycle Bin is full, the empty-icon show, and vice versa. Anand Khanse is the Admin of The Windows Club.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP.
But this time instead of ‘Enable’ select ‘Not Configured. 6] Check this if you think your Recycle Bin is corrupted.
Change desktop icons Select the Trash Can(Full) replace the icon, then replace the empty one.
If you want to add Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, or your User folder icon to the desktop in Windows 10, there’s an extra step you’ll need to know how to do. For this the easiest way would be to download and use our Icon Cache Re Builder.This post will help you fix a problem with your Windows based PC, where the recycle bin icon stays stuck & does not refresh according to it’s current state, i.e. You might face this problem in Windows Vista or XP & by following the instructions below you can easily fix this issue.Go to Control Panel \ Personalize (or right-click on the desktop and select Personalize), and then choose the link for “Change Desktop Icons” on the left-hand side.Now you can chose the icons you want back on the desktop by checking the box next to the name: Click the Apply button, and you should see the icon show up on the desktop immediately.