Disable or enable recover deleted items in Outlook 2003 without Group Policy

xplogoIf you want to disable the dumpster (recover deleted items) for your users, you can use the Group Policy. If you can use the Group Policy, I would suggest that. Click here for a manual.

If you cannot use the Group Policy for some reason, you should consider the following solution:

How to disable an Outlook user’s ability to “Recover Deleted Items”:
– Exit and Logoff from Outlook
– Delete the file [c:]\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Addins\dumpster.ecf
– Restart Outlook

NOTE: If you receive an error on startup, go to the ADD-INS section of outlook, and remove the check mark from the Recover Deleted Items option.

To undo or re-enable an Outlook user’s ability to “Recover Deleted Items”:
– Exit and Logoff from Outlook
– Copy the file dumpster.ecf to [c:]\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Addins
– From ADD-INS, select INSTALL, and select dumpster.ecf

You could write a very small batchfile in which you give the order to delete the dumpster.ecf, or move the dumpster.ecf to a different directory.
To enable or disable the possible ADD-INS problems, you may check the registry for changes. I’m not sure if it is possible at all, but at least you could give it a try. To track registry changes, I recommend the free tool Installrite from Epsilon Squared

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