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Safely Remove hardware icon in taskbar removal!?

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    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64

    Safely Remove hardware icon in taskbar removal!?


    Ok - from a quick bit of googling, it seems like this is a windows 8.1 thing?

    I cannot get rid of the safely remove hardware icon no matter WHAT i do. It is currently displaying 3 dots ... and thats it. If i stuff in a usb stick, it will register the stick, and allow me to right click it/eject.. then instead of the icon disappearing, it stays and just shows 3 dots >.<

    Is this another one of those onedrive/cloud situations where microsoft made it permanent and we are just supposed to deal?

    Any way to get rid of this? If it truly is NOT supposed to be there, any way to find out what is causing it to stay/be popped up?

    I literally just went through and installed Wifi drivers for a wifi card ive never even used that came w/ my mobo. BT drivers for a bt card that came w/ my mobo. VGA drivers for haswells on die gpu which is disabled. Marvell controller and disk drivers for the Marvell sata/raid controller on board that is disabled/unused... and enabled my serial port in the UEFI in case that was causing it as well.

    Still no luck - which leaves me posting here and trying to uninstall and clean up the thrashing/mess/hurt I just put on my HDD :P

    Sigh

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    Do you have any Media card readers? If so, they trigger the Safely Remove icon.
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    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Have you went to the Control Panel and looked at Notification Area Icons? This is how mine is set.

    Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications - Windows 7 Help Forums

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  4. #4


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Do you have any Media card readers? If so, they trigger the Safely Remove icon.
    Ugh, forgot I posted this thread and after a forced reformat due to registry corruption - im trying to tackle the same issue yet again.

    Yes I do have media card readers, however only the ones that are integrated within my monitor(s). They aren't listed uunder the safely remove icon however. If I click it.. I just get three dots ...

    What can I do to see what is triggering it? Assuming it is said media readers, what can I do about it apart from removing the media readers?

    Any means of turning off the feature altogether via registry perhaps?

    I have NEVER had this problem with any of my past pc's/builds/oses but ill be damned. If it did pop up I always knew why as simply right clicking on the icon indicated the root cause and I was able to remedy it and POOF.

    Now I don't mind it popping up when I stick in a USB stick or whatnot but if not having it pop up even then is necessary (ala regedit perhaps) to make it go away when I have NOTHING removable to begin with... so be it.

    Its the only icon in my taskbar and the fact it has to be there perpetually drives an Anal/OCD/neatfreak/perfectionist such as myself absolutely crazy. So crazy I cannot move past this point in my pc's reconstruction (for lack of a better word) until I rectify it! Im stuck!! (and I raid Monday so I need to get wow installed :P)
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    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Welp, I have narrowed it down to it IN FACT being those card readers which come integrated into my U2713 monitors. Now my problem becomes how to fix it?

    I don't really thing disabling the card readers is a solution.

    Their is no way to get the icon to stop appearing with items that A) don't show up in its list anyhow and B) obviously aren't removeable via a (safe to unplug) command anyhow lol. They aren't meant to be removed, ever. Sigh.
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    I have the same problem with two USB ports on my hp W2270 display. I just ignore it.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It may also be a link to Devices and Printers:
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    Try creating a batch file with the following and add it to your startup folder:
    {reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray" /v "Services" /t reg_dword /d 29 /f
    systray}
    (exactly as shown but without the brackets)
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    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    It may also be a link to Devices and Printers:
    Click image for larger version

    Try creating a batch file with the following and add it to your startup folder:
    {reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray" /v "Services" /t reg_dword /d 29 /f
    systray}
    (exactly as shown but without the brackets)
    without the quotations you mean?

    and what will that address? The safely remove hardware icon in this particular instance or completely? Also ive been finding pieces of information regarding changing the "capability" value in regedit for the USB mass storage device x3 (I have 3 of them on 3 monitors sigh) by a value of -4 which supposedly removes them from the safely remove hardware list. Unfortunately this is a one time deal and wont help after a restart. Making it stick would be astounding.

    With that said, im not sure if it will remove the ability of the icon to pop up when their is actually a card IN the reader or not. At this point IDC. TBH at this point If I cant finda fix ill look into removing the icon all together.

    Huge oversight imo. Ridiculous >.<

    TYVM for your reply btw, hopefully this can be compounded/built upon and we can find a solution. I always considered myself extremely tech savvy but.. that extends MUCH more to hardware than it does software. Sigh
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    As shown without the braces ('curly brackets'),
    It will hide the Applet always at startup. If you use an eject method it will reappear though, just run the batch file again.
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