When using Windows 7, it could happen that you do not see any deleted files in the Windows Recycle Bin. Even when you just deleted a file, it does not appear in the Recycle Bin, although when selecting “Empty Recycle Bin” you will be warned that you are going to erase files.


The reason for this could be the local CodeMeter dongle.


In order to fix this, please follow the steps below:


If CodeMeter 4.20 or earlier is installed

Go to Start > All Programs > CodeMeter > Tools > Disc Configuration.

Here change the disk type as removable disk in stead of hard disk.

After this, remove the CodeMeter key, and reattach it to your computer to apply this change.


CodeMeter 4.30 and later is installed

Since CodeMeter Version 4.30, the Disc Configuration tool is no longer available. But the disk configuration can still be changed by using the cmu32-command line tool:

Open your command line console by going to Start > Run... and then type cmd), now right click on cmd and choose Run As Adminstrator

Browse / set the current directory to C:\Program Files\CodeMeter\Runtime\bin or C:\Program Files (x86)\CodeMeter\Runtime\bin

Now type the following:


cmu32 -s******** --set-config-disk RemovableDisk


Please replace the ******* with the dongle number of your CmStick. This can be found on the CodeMeter key itself, or open the CodeMeter Control panel for the CmStick’s dongle number.


Unplug the dongle, wait 10 seconds and reconnect it.

This should solve the issue if the problem was caused by the CodeMeter dongle software.


If necessary to change this setting back, you can use this command line:


cmu32 -s******** --set-config-disk LocalDisk