Safely Remove Hardware icon missing in Windows

Safely Remove Hardware icon missing in Windows

In Windows, the Safely Remove Hardware tray icon is visible by default. If you have accidentally hidden it, or wish to reverse a conscious decision to get rid of it, this walkthrough may help you to restore it.

How to restore the Safely Remove Hardware icon?

  • Right-click the notification area, then click Customize Notifications. Find Safely Remove Hardware in the list that appears, and choose Always show.
  • Go to the Control Panel > Add/Remove Hardware > Add/Remove Windows Components.
  • Double-click Networking Services in the list, and uncheck the box next to UPnP User Interface. Click OK to save your changes.
  • If you are still having problems, go to My Computer > Manage > Services and Applications > Services.
  • Search the list for the Plug and Play entry, and double-click it when you locate it.
  • The Properties window should appear. Set the Startup Type to Automatic.
  • Click OK, and restart your PC.
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