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  • Question

  • How do you get the USB removal icon back into to the task tray to allow a user to safely remove a USB thumbdrive
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:58 PM

Answers

  • Hi, if you want to let the restricted users to safely remove a USB drive, you can try the following steps:

    Method 1: If right click on menu is disabled, we can also use left click on USB icon on the system tray. Make sure that you have unchecked the following restriction in Windows SteadyState: User Settings -> Windows Restrictions -> General Restrictions -> Prevent access to Windows Explorer features: Folder Options, Customize Toolbar, and the Notification Area.

    Method 2: Create a desktop shortcut
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    1.       Create a shortcut on desktop.
    2.       Use "%SystemRoot%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll" (without quotation mark) as target.
    3.       Double click the shortcut to remove USB device.

    You can also check the following thread:

    Safely Remove Hardware Icon not in Taskbar when flashdrive is plugged in
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowssteadystate/thread/d3ba1d9d-7ce3-4915-9bc5-203aafe6db6e/

    Hope this helps!


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:42 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • I used this: 

    http://quick.mixnmojo.com/usb-disk-ejector-beta-2-finally

    I just dropped the exe in a folder and then placed on shortcut on the Steady State users desktop.

    Not exactly what you were looking for but an alternative.
    Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:09 AM
  • Hi, if you want to let the restricted users to safely remove a USB drive, you can try the following steps:

    Method 1: If right click on menu is disabled, we can also use left click on USB icon on the system tray. Make sure that you have unchecked the following restriction in Windows SteadyState: User Settings -> Windows Restrictions -> General Restrictions -> Prevent access to Windows Explorer features: Folder Options, Customize Toolbar, and the Notification Area.

    Method 2: Create a desktop shortcut
    ====================
    1.       Create a shortcut on desktop.
    2.       Use "%SystemRoot%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll" (without quotation mark) as target.
    3.       Double click the shortcut to remove USB device.

    You can also check the following thread:

    Safely Remove Hardware Icon not in Taskbar when flashdrive is plugged in
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowssteadystate/thread/d3ba1d9d-7ce3-4915-9bc5-203aafe6db6e/

    Hope this helps!


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:42 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks to both Paisan and Sean Zhu for your answers and I will be trying them this week.  I will let you know how it all goes.

    Thankyou

    Neil Burgers
    Monday, October 26, 2009 4:40 AM