Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut

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How to Create a Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut in Vista
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This will show you how to create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut that you can assign a keyboard shortcut to. This can make it easier to remove external devices like a USB drive or memory card.
How to Create a Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut in Vista


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This will show you how to create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut that you can assign a keyboard shortcut to. This can make it easier to remove external devices like a USB drive or memory card.
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EXAMPLE: Safely Remove Hardware Taskbar Icon
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EXAMPLE: Safely Remove Hardware Window
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METHOD ONE
Download the Shortcut

1. Click on the download button below to download the​
Safely_Remove_Hardware .zip file.​
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2. Click on Save and save the Safely_Remove_Hardware .zip file to the Desktop.​
3. Right click on the Safely_Remove_Hardware .zip file (on desktop) and click on Open.​
4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.​
5. Extract the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut to the desktop.​
6. You can now move the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut where you like for easy use.​
7. When done, you can delete the Safely_Remove_Hardware .zip file if you like.​





METHOD TWO
Manually Create Shortcut

1. Right click on a empty area of the desktop.​
2. Click on New and Shortcut.​
3. Type RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll into the location field. (See screenshot below)​
4. Click on the Next button.​
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5. Type Safely Remove Hardware for the name. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name it anything you would like though.
6. Click on the Finish button.​
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7. Right click on the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut (on desktop) and click on Properties.​
8. Click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: For more on how to change a shortcut folder or file icon, see: How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista
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9. Browse to C:\Windows\System32\hotplug.dll and select hotplug.dll. (See screenshot below step 11)​
10. Click on the icon highlighted in blue below.​
NOTE: If you have your own icon you would rather use, then just navigate to where you have it saved. Vista needs a 256 bit icon for best viewing results.
11. Click on OK.​
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12. Click on OK to apply. (See screenshot for step 8)​
13. You can now move the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut to wherever you like for easy use.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

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