Safely Remove Hardware

Where has that damned Safely Remove hardware icon gone!


I have on occasion had problems when just removing p&p hardware from the USB, particularily USB drives. The only reliable way I have found in removing devices is to click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray and then removing the device. However on occasion particularly when it isn't a mass storage device I have found this icon doesn't appear.


A snippet I found on the web somwhere seems to work just peachy.

  1. Start > Run ...
  2. Open ... RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
  3. and press OK.