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Safe Removal throws errors under 22H2

Safe Removal throws errors under 22H2

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With Task Manager open, Safe Removal of USB devices under version 22H2 gives an error. However, since it is now outdated anyway, most users will have to do without it altogether or have to close Task Manager if they continue to use it. Read more about this below.

Microsoft is currently offering the 22H2 software update for Windows 11, but this has already caused confusion and issues with the GPU load displayed in the task manager with older Nvidia drivers. Since the update version is a complex program, of course more errors cannot be ruled out, and Microsoft as well as a number of users have already discovered another problem that is still present at the moment. It’s about the Safe Removal feature, which is already outdated in Windows 10 and 11.

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Specifically, when trying to safely remove a USB drive or external hard drive, the error message “Problem ejecting a USB mass storage device – This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that may be using the device, then try again” issued. This is interesting because Microsoft has changed the way Windows treats USB devices since 2019. Due to the fact that many users did not select this option and USB devices were simply removed, the operating system was set up as the standard for removing such devices.

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As a result, no data can be lost if an active write is not displayed. However, many Microsoft customers still use the Safe Remove variant, which now produces the error. However, the error is only output if the task manager is open or minimized at the same time. Therefore, those who currently insist on using Safe Remove should close Task Manager or get used to not using the now useless feature.

In the meantime, it has also become known that Microsoft is now working on a fix for the problem, which should be available in the near future. Until then, those who have already updated to 22H2 can be helped by only opening their task manager when they actively need it and then closing it again afterwards.

source: The latest version of Windows