If you have multiple user accounts on your Windows computer and are running low on space, you can easily empty the recycling bin for all users with a single command line, assuming your user account has administrator privileges.
Tech blog Cybernet News shares these commands to empty all user's recycling bins on the local machine:
- For Windows 7 or Server 2008 enter this command:
rd /s c:\$Recycle.Bin
- For Windows XP, Vista, or Server 2003 enter this command:
rd /s c:\recycler
Of course, if you're hard drive is not listed as the C:\ drive you'll need to use the drive letter that hosts your Windows installation.
Forcefully Empty the Recycle Bin for All Users in Windows [Cybernet News]