I recently noticed a new problem with my Windows 10 x64: the Safely Remove Hardware icon is missing from the system tray. It always used to be there.
In the "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" settings, I have "Windows Explorer, Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" switched to on. Makes no difference. I followed instructions to run "RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll", which does open the Safely Remove Hardware window, but the only hardware devices listed are two Asmedia 106x SATA Controllers. No USB flash drive.
So apparently there is now no safe way for me to remove a USB flash drive, without shutting down or restarting the computer. Not very convenient. I also have an external USB 3.0 hard drive I use for backups that I like to be able to switch off. No longer possible to safely turn off.
I also have hot swap bays in my machine, and a hot swappable hard drive. I have been using a free program called "HotSwap!" to eject USB devices as well as hot swap the hard drive occasionally. That no longer works either. The icon is in the system tray as always, but now every time I request a hot swap, I receive a message stating, "The device XYZ cannot be uninstalled right now because the device requested a system restart." Never used to say that. Now always says that whether for an external USB device or the hot swappable hard drive.
I have not changed my USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller and Root Hub drivers. Those are the appropriate ASMedia drivers, not the generic Microsoft drivers. I have hot swap enabled in the BIOS. None of this has changed... Yet now, I cannot safely remove anything.
Is there anything I can do to restore the "safely remove" and "hot swap" functionality? I don't understand what has changed to make none of this work.
Thanks for any info / advice!