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Make USB systray icon always appear?

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Is there a way to force the USB system tray icon always appear when ANY USB device (other than hubs) is connected?

Currently it does not appear when I have my Lexar 128meg thumb drive or my USB/IDE cable (with drive attached) plugged in.

Thus there's no way to tell Windows to stop the device. I just have to wait until I figure any pending writes are done and yank it out, then Windows bitches at me for not using the icon (which isn't in the systray!) to stop the device. :realmad:

I found the exe it uses for that icon, but with one of these devices plugged in, it won't launch manually.

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Weird problem... which version of Windows are you running? (please forgive if it's already stated in your title or post, it's way to early for me to be replying :} )

Anyways just to give you something to try, open "My Computer"

Right click on your USB drive, then select "Eject" (I hope its there)....

That may help encourage windows to speed up those cached writes you mentioned.

I know on a (gasp...) Mac, it actually deactivates the drive (LED turns off), but in Windows, the LED seems to just glow after eject. The other thing, have you rebooted recently? I know if explorer crashes and it reruns (or I rerun it manually) most of my system tray icons go away.

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Oh, duh! 2000 Pro. :)

I don't leave my computers running due to this town's electricity supply being rather iffy at times.

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