Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

A popular keyboard shortcut to invoke the Safely Remove Hardware dialog is to use the destination as:

Rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll 

The dialog that is displayed when this shortcut is invoked worked fine in Windows XP. In Windows 7 (64-bit) however, I notice that the same old dialog comes up, but if I choose to Stop any plugged device, I get an error. For more on this problem see my other question.

Is there any keyboard shortcut for Windows 7 that actually works with which I can remove devices?

share|improve this question
I have never found one so far, Windows 7 x64 no longer uses hotplug.dll to eject media, I did a process monitor of the normal eject process and W7 uses DeviceDisplayObjectProvider.exe and svchost.exe to bring up the remove safely dialog. – Moab May 30 '11 at 17:05
Moab: Thanks for the investigation! Any idea how to replicate what W7 does using a keyboard shortcut? – Ashwin Nanjappa May 31 '11 at 5:01
Not yet, sorry. – Moab May 31 '11 at 21:32

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.