Windows 11 Task Manager prevents Safely Remove Hardware feature

The latest version of Windows 11 contains a bug that may prevent safe hardware removal from the device. Discovered by our colleagues at Deskmodder, it appears that Windows 11’s Task Manager app prevents devices from being safely ejected from the operating system.

Windows 11 users who enable the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Operating System Media feature from the system tray, to safely remove USB devices and other peripherals attached to the system, can note that this is no longer possible if the Task Manager application is open.

Windows 11 displays “Problem ejecting USB mass storage device” message, indicating that the device cannot be stopped by the operating system due to another program still using it. This program, at least in this case, is the operating system’s task manager.

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The problem is solved easily. Just close the Task Manager application before enabling the OS hardware safe removal option. Other workarounds mentioned in the Deskmodder article did not work on our test system. Neither minimize nor switch to another tab that does not list system processes working on the device to avoid the “in use” notification.

Windows Task Manager should not prevent programs from closing or devices from being safely ejected from the system. It’s clearly a bug, but it’s unclear how widespread the problem is. Microsoft has not yet confirmed the issue, it is not listed as one of the Windows 11 2022 Update Known Issues on the official support page on the Microsoft website.

The main purpose of Safely Remove Hardware is to avoid data loss while removing external storage devices, such as USB drives, from Windows machines. Although Windows does not prevent external devices from being removed without using the feature, failure to use the security feature may result in data loss on the device.

Now you: Are you using Safely Remove Hardware on Windows?

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Windows 11 Task Manager prevents Safely Remove Hardware feature

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Windows 11 Task Manager prevents Safely Remove Hardware feature

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The latest version of Windows 11 contains a bug that may prevent safe hardware removal from the operating system.

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