Windows 10: Safely Remove Hardware Icon in Taskbar has disappeared

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  1. Posts : 10
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       19 Mar 2017 #1

    Safely Remove Hardware Icon in Taskbar has disappeared

    My friend has lost the Safely Remove icon on her main computer, a newer desktop with Windows 10. I could not find a way/place to restore it. Please help. And thanks.
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       19 Mar 2017 #2
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  3.    20 Mar 2017 #3

    Have a look in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Notifications area > Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
    Look for "Windows Explorer Safely remove hardware and eject media". If its set to off toggle it to ON.
    When off it only shows up if you click the up arrow in the notifications area, its semi hidden.
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  4. siennait's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       09 Apr 2018 #4

    In searching for a "permanent" solution to the missing taskbar icon for safely removing hardware, I found this rather old thread. (If there is a newer one with better information, please do not consider this post or move it to the appropriate thread).

    The following is a "temporary" solution which I have been using for quite a while:

    Right click on taskbar.
    Click on Task Manager.
    In Processes, go down to Windows Explorer.
    On the lower right, click on restart.
    Exit Task Manager

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    The icon reappears in the taskbar and remains until the computer is shut down. Unfortunately, (nearly) every time you turn the computer back on, the icon has gone missing again. At any rate, if you don't want to change the registry or add short cuts to the desktop (as in some of the solutions Ztruker has kindly suggested), this is a quick workaround. Naturally, before doing anything else, the icon for "Windows Explorer - Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" must be turned on in Settings under "Select which icons appear on the taskbar".

    Presently, this is in Win 10 Pro version 1709, and previously worked in version 1703.
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  5.    10 Apr 2018 #5

    For safe eject USB notification missing:• Press keyboard "win + R"• Type "regedit"• Search the value "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Notifications\Settings\Microsoft.Explor er.Notification.{...}"• If your REG_DWORD 0x00000001(0) is set "0" you can double click on value. Set the value data to "1"• Click "OK"
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  6. siennait's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Apr 2018 #6

    Thanks Bastet, but I don't have that entry in my registry.
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  7.    11 Apr 2018 #7

    That may be the reason why it doesn’t work.
    Is settings>notifications & actions>Get notifications from apps & other senders turned on?
    Under that same is auto play turned on too?
    Also turn on "Security and Maintenance under same.
    Is quite hours turned on in the action centre? If not turn it on then off again. If on turn it off.
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  8. siennait's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Apr 2018 #8

    Since this morning, the icon seems to be back again when turning on the computer. Could it perhaps have something to do with yesterday's Patch Tuesday?

    In any event, I did all the adjustments you suggested just now and then shut down and turned back on the computer, and the icon was still in the taskbar just fine. However, that entry in the registry did not show up. I guess that doesn't really matter if the problem is resolved as it is.

    Thanks again for helping!
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  9.    11 Apr 2018 #9

    Yes it could’ve been the patch which fixed the problem.
    In any case glad to hear all is now OK.
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       11 Apr 2018 #10
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