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  1.    08 Aug 2015 #1
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    Safely Remove Hardware icon with nothing plugged in, shows 3 dots(...)


    I installed Windows 10 on my desktop and the safely remove hardware icon is always there even when nothing is plugged in. When nothing's plugged in, clicking the icon just shows 3 dots (...) and a link to open the Hardware and Devices window (or whatever it's called).

    How can I fix this?

    I will also note that this does not happen on the laptop that I installed Windows 10 on.
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  2.    08 Aug 2015 #2
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    Also why was this moved to hardware/devices? It's not a hardware issue.
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  3.    09 Aug 2015 #3
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    It includes everything USB, mice, keyboard, any controller inside the case, like card readers, some CPU coolers etc.
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  4.    09 Aug 2015 #4
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    Then why doesn't this happen in other situations? And how would I get rid of it anyway?
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  5.    09 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogalD View Post
    Then why doesn't this happen in other situations? And how would I get rid of it anyway?
    Laptop probably doesn't have anything inside connected by USB. I don't think you can remove it but only hide it.
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  6.    09 Aug 2015 #6
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    Hmm for some reason the generic Microsoft drivers cause this - for hard drives and apparently an internal card reader I had. Installing Intel's SATA driver stopped my internal HDDs from showing up, but that still left the 3 dots. Turns out that the Microosft driver for the card reader was responsible for those 3 dots, for whatever reason, and installing the proper drivers (for Windows 7 though) solved this.
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  7.    05 Oct 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogalD View Post
    Hmm for some reason the generic Microsoft drivers cause this - for hard drives and apparently an internal card reader I had. Installing Intel's SATA driver stopped my internal HDDs from showing up, but that still left the 3 dots. Turns out that the Microosft driver for the card reader was responsible for those 3 dots, for whatever reason, and installing the proper drivers (for Windows 7 though) solved this.
    Hi,

    I have been having the same kind of 'safely remove hardware icon not going away' issue you used to have before. I have been struggling to fix the issue for a while but couldn't find the cause of the problem.
    Tried in device manager with the drivers of my card reader for example.

    Is there a way you could help me out with this?

    I would appreciate any help or advice.

    Thank you!
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  8.    05 Oct 2016 #8
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    If you unplug your card reader does it still happen?
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  9.    05 Oct 2016 #9
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    I can not unplug anything since I have a Lenovo laptop with this built-in 4-in-1 kinda card reader.
    I installed fresh Windows 10 Pro x64 from a USB stick a few days ago and the Safely Remove Hardware icon has been there with the 3 dots and the 'Open Devices and Printers' option ever since.
    I have no external USB devices plugged in at the moment except my mouse. But unplugging my mouse did not solve it (obviously).
    I installed/updated the JMicron card reader driver manually but the icon is still there.
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  10.    05 Oct 2016 #10
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    What about disabling the card reader in device manager? (finding out whether or not it's the card reader causing this)
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