Windows 7 64bit Safely Remove Hardware Icon takes too long

With XP it takes 2 seconds to remove a jump drive with Safely Remove Hardware

But, on my Windows 7 pro 64 bit running a 2.8ghz t9600 it takes 30 seconds.
Here is what happens:
#1: I get an hour glass for 7 seconds that goes away.
#2: Nothing happens. There is no feedback that anything is is still happening under the covers.
#3: After another 27 seconds the list of removable drives appears, and I can remove the drive.

I am resigned to just living with this, since it is not worth any effort to fix.

But, I would like to know if this is normal behavior.  

If this is abnormal, perhaps my new Lenovo t500 may have some hardware problems?
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Seems to be quite a common problem.

Try the solution here and see if that helps.
its perfectly an normal thing no worries!

try removing some junk from yours system by ccleaner so that OS can load yours user profile fastly and thing can work much better
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Kruger_monkeyDate: I'll bet the office network printers are the issue since I was using the win7 machine at home.

I left the machine at another location so I can't test anything right now.

acl-puzz: the machine is brand new. I only installed office 2003 and 2 or 3 applications.  Since Lenovo does not pack much junk into its computers, a registry clean is of no value.    
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"a registry clean is of no value"

i only said to remove junk using "cleaner" in ccleaner
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Ran ccleaner.  It found 10 files worth deleting.  No improvement.

I have found a workaround that helps a lot. I open Devices and Printers which takes 30 seconds. I then MINIMIZE IT leaving it active.  As long as it is active, Safely Remove pops up instantly.

All the other suggestions have been failures.  Removing printers, and setting default printer to a PDF creater fails.  I even found one post that said blue tooth service should be started, but that didn't help.

This is typical microsoft crap.  Simple things don't work properly, and the odds of them fixing it in the next 3 years are slim.
Unfortunately this is "normal" behaviour in certain circumstances on 64 Bit win 7.  Have you updated all of your drivers, loaded the correct 64 bit versions of the various drivers?

Can you add Devices and Pritners to your startup folder?  Very untidy I know, but until you find the exact cause, or Microsoft fix the problem, if starting it and then leaving it open helps, you may as well add it to startup.

This is a tricky one...
Sometimes it happens that an AV starts a background scan of the USB
and wont let go off that easy.
Second it is important that when you unplug the USB from your system that you use add/remove device
thingie (at least for the 1st time !).
Third,W7 might end up indexing the drive or trying to prepare it for system restore.
Lot's of things can actually be to blame but be patient...
I've seen issues that W7 update stores files on removable drive.funny eh,....
Size of the removable device also plays a part...
Too many variables for clear answer...
You may want to use cmd. Just use notepad and paste this code " Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll " and save as .bat or .cmd. Anytime you want to open safely remove hardware, you can just open the batch file, It is much faster.

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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll  comes up instantly.  
So, I put it into a batch file which I added to my quick launch toolbar (yeah, I reactivated the quick launch).

I'm sure I will never understand why MS couldn't make their safely remove icon point to that function.

There is an MS advertisement that shows a woman in front of a coffee house proudly bragging that she invented Windows 7.  I know why she is so happy.  Its because she has lots of time to enjoy her coffee !

rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I still have to wait a minute to safely remove my usb drives.  I turns out that the "accepted answer" above APPEARS to give a faster method, but it does not work.  It opens up quickly and offers to safely remove the device, but then it refuses to actually do the removal.  The Windows 7 Safely Remove may take a minute of more to open up, but it seems to work most of the time.  

I continue to look for a better solution, but I doubt if I will come up with one. I even paid for a microsoft technician to look at the problem.  They concluded it was working as designed and gave me my money back.  I still think there is something wrong but you don't argue with Microsoft unless you are prepared to waste hours of time.

You could try by removing USB drivers ( +  enchanced ones) from the control panel and then reboot.
W7 will pick them up again during restart process and then :
plug in your usb stick .wait for installation.then do some read/write from it. then use the method that you said that does not work.
it might take some time as usuall because it is the first time.
Second time you plug it in is that counts.see how it goes then.
And remember,every time yu plug in a usb advice you must always use the mehod that you said does not work. Only for the first times you can just unplugg it.
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
"remove usb drivers from control panel"

do you mean to open device manager, then uninstall drivers from each of the 8 USB controllers then each of the 8 USB Hubs?

"safely remove the first time, then next time just unplug it"  Don't I have to turn on the "optimized for quick removal" first?  While recently purchased USB disks seem to default to the quick removal option, I don't think that is guaranteed.

Anyway, even with the quick removal option on,  I alway follow the rule "better safe than sorry", so I always try to safely remove first.
yes,from device manager...
try that...
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I came up with a better solution.  At the start of the day, I open Devices and Printers.  Then, instead of closing it, I minimize it to the system tray as a hidden icon.  For the rest of the day, safely remove hardware pops up instantly.

It required  4t-tray which is a free 3rd party tool that seems to work great.  


rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
By the way, I am quite happy that Experts Exchange helped me solve a windows 7 problem that has plagued me for a full year.

This website is great.
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