The 2nd day after upgrading to Windows 7, I noticed the
Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Mediahas stopped working. I click on its tray icon but nothing happened (a device list suppose to pop-up). If you have Task Manager open, you should see
DeviceDisplayObjectProvider.exeis launched after clicking on the tray icon. And if you kill that process, an empty device list will pop-up.
Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printerswould not load as well.
Solution: (updated 2013-11-24)
Bluetooth Support Serviceis running (even you do not use Bluetooth!)
By default, the
Bluetooth Support Serviceshould be running. But I manually disabled it for optimization which caused the problems...
1. Open Start menu
services.msc -> Right click -> Run as administrator
3. Look for
Bluetooth Support Service, double-click to open its Properties window
4. Make sure
Startup typeis NOT set to
Disabled. I recommend setting it to
Automatic (Delayed Start)so it does not slow down your computer at start up. Click
Applyif you made any changes
Startto start the service
6. At this point, the safely remove hardware feature should be working again
7. Restart your computer and
Devices and Printersshould load correctly as well
Alternatively, reader Qoissi Fus found that disabling the Bluetooth driver also solved the problem for him.
Just go to Device Manager -> Bluetooth Radios -> Generic Bluetooth Adapter, right-click, disable. After this I could stop again the Bluetooth Support Service without impacting the Safely Remove Hardware function. Not sure it would work on all configurations but at least it worked on mine... Hope this helps!