If you already seen this question, you know that you have to change the
Capabilities key from the device in Registry.
The hexadecimal number you put in that key defines the "capabilities" of that device. Here you can see what number defines every "capability".
I had that same problem time ago, I found this article, but it didn't work for me. After I tweaked some keys, I finally got it to work. I'm sharing my solution instead, it worked for me, hope this works for you.
Hiding the device
If you want to hide a device from the "Safely Remove Hardware":
Before you do anything, make sure to make a Restore point, or make a backup of the registry keys you are about to edit. Just in case.
Find your device ID from Device Manager, in "Events" tab. You only need the
Locate that ID in
Open that key and you will find another folder, enter there and change the
Capabilities key to 60 hexadecimal.
If there are more folders, enter in every one and change the
Capabilities key in the same way.
After that, if you open the "Safely Remove Hardware" list, you should notice that the device is no longer there.
The menu stays there until you reboot your PC. HOWEVER, changes made in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB are reverted after reboot. If you want to make that change permanent, you have to create a task in Task Scheduler to apply that change every time you boot your PC.
Make it permanent
You still have the Registry Editor open? Export the key(s) you edited, save it somewhere.
.reg file you've exported with Notepad, and delete everything except the
Capabilities key. It has to be something like this (in my case):
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Save it somewhere, in my case, I saved it on a folder
Open Task Scheduler, and create a new basic task:
- Name it like you want.
- Start the task when the computer starts.
- The action is start a program.
Program or script:
/S "<location of your reg file>"
(in my case should be
This command will merge the
.reg file into the Registry.
Once you've created the task, open it's properties, and change the Security options, should be like this:
- Run whether user is logged on or not
- Do not store password
- Run with highest privileges
Now, everytime you boot your PC, before you log on, this task will run, and hide your device from the "Safely Remove Hardware" list.
Reboot your PC, and that "Safely Remove Hardware" icon should be gone.
Don't worry, it will work for normal USB and other devices as usual!
This will work as long as you don't disconnect or change your hidden device, even if your PC is turned off. If you do that, Windows will re-register that device and it will appear again in the "Safely Remove Hardware" list. You will need to do all these steps again.