Customization :: Hide Windows Remove USB Safely Tray Icon?
Oct 8, 2015
Any way to hide it for good? Not disabling it, because that could cause some trouble, just that doesn't show in the tray? A .reg file would be awesome.
I want this for 2 reasons: First, I don't use it, I use USB Disk Ejector; and second because it's wasting space. And don't worry, everything in there has a purpose, as myself installed everyone of them.
I just upgraded to Windows 10 1511 (November Update), and saw the new (modernized) Safely Remove icon in the system tray - and the problem, it's not working properly.(I know, it's a Windows 7 Screenshot, I found it online, it's just for reference).As we can see from the comparison, mine only shows the second row, that being the device description (Name and drive letter), and no longer shows "Eject Storage Device".
So the safely remove icon in the system tray is now practically useless. I search over, and found no one with the same issue, nor did I find any direct fix. I shutdown and reboot a couple of times, tried different USB devices and ports, I also did try a couple of related tweaks, like changing the removal policy, and scan for hardware changes, etc - but still, no luck.Though note, the eject function is still available through file explorer:
I have created Eject "N", etc for each drive letter from G-Z and they all work. They will safely remove my external HDDs. I have also created a context menu entry for Safely Remove > and it has a string value for subcommands, none of which will show when hovered upon. I need to move all of my Eject entries under the Safely Remove in order to keep my context menu clutter free.how to do this?
I would like the OneDrive icon to be hidden/removed from File Explorer on my 64 bit Windows 10 Home device. I find the same steps all over the that don't seem to work for me involving setting two flags in the registry as follows:
Set the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD value to 0 for both of the following:
I've set them both on and off, restarting inbetween, several times but it doesn't seem to affect OneDrive in the File Manager. The other option presented is ripping OneDrive out completely but that doesn't seem to work for me as well. Those instructions involve killing the OneDrive process and then removing it using the following commands:
64-bit edition of Windows 10: %SystemRoot%System32OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall 32-bit edition of Windows 10: %SystemRoot%SysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
I've though I'm running 64-bit Windows 10 I don't even have OneDriveSetup.exe in my System32 folder. I do have it in my SysWoW64 folder but when I run it with the /uninstall switch nothing seems to happen and the OneDrive icon remains in File Explorer.
I would like to find out how I can customize the actual images(icons) displayed in the system tray.
This is my current system tray -->
Icons I want to change include BitDefender, Chrome, and OpenVPN to make them better fit the new Windows 10 icon theme. The white icon in the top right corner is one that I was successfully able to change. The program is Vuze Bittorrent client --> The Vuse wiki actually tells the location of the .png image file --> [URL]....
For BitDefener, I found the folder where the .png files are located and I was able to overwrite them to white icons that would match my Windows 10 theme.
However, the icon in the system tray stays the same (ugly red B). I am sure there is something else I need to do seeing as BitDefender is a security application in which I am sure makes it hard to tamper with it's files.
How I can change these icon images? or know of a tool that allows you to change the program's system tray image?
Ever since Windows XP icons in the tray bar automatically hide when unused. Since I believe Windows Vista there was the option to make those tray icons visible so they didn't hide even when they were not used. I cannot seem to find this option in Windows 10, how I make sure the tray icons won't hide?
I want the icons in the big square to just be next to the others on the taskbar.In Windows 7 and 8/8.1 (and maybe also XP and Vista I don't remember) I know you could just right-click the arrow and mark a checkbox but there is no such thing in Windows 10.
do not refer me to System/Advanced/Visual settings. I've removed every check mark in there referring to shadows and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed. These shadows are making me go blind. I absolutely cannot read them.
I like the Windows 10 "Spotlight" with its custom photos each day. They really do a great job selecting beautiful photos. However, I've noticed random Store ads popping up, saying things like, "See what's free" or "Explore a marketplace of apps..."
I'd love to disable these ads, while keeping the Spotlight feature of daily photos.
I have already adjusted privacy settings like turning off "Let apps use my advertising ID" and many other Privacy settings. It doesn't seem to affect those lock screen ads. How those can be disabled?
Note I am NOT asking to disable the lock screen (I know already there are ways to do this). I'm asking if there is a way to disable the little text ads that appear on top of the Spotlight images.
I have set my external hard drives to performance mode, and recognize the warning that I won't be able to simply unplug them. Basically, I have to use the little green safely remove hardware icon. Nothing new. In Windows 10 however, when an external drive is attached, and I go to eject it using the safely remove hardware, they are always grayed out and I'm unable to do so. Is there another setting I need to do, or is Windows 10 saying that even with the performance boxes checked, I can still remove drives without "safely removing them."
Windows 10 always keeps putting back the drop shadow for the label under the desktop icons. I go into System -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance and uncheck "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop". Click apply. If I do this at after logging off the shadows disappear. However at some random point in time a few minutes after it just puts them back on.
In recent weeks, it has become impossible for me to safely remove my external drives. (Mostly, I use Western Digital Passports, Passport Ultras, etc).
I am using Windows 10.
I close all of my programs and folders. I get the "busy" message and to try again later. I run Unlocker on the drives, and Unlocker shows no activity or actions that I can take. I bring up my task manager and nothing is running. I try to safely eject from the WD utility and it doesn't work. I try to eject by going to my computer, right clicking on the drive, and ejecting from there. Sometimes I simply wait for half an hour, read some articles, try again. I get the same "busy" or can't shut down message.
I read online that I could try to Device Manager, click on the drive, and under policies select "Optimize for Performance." However, the computer must restart for changes to take place, and when i've tried, I get stuck on an infinite "Restarting" screen.
I read somewhere that I can try to empty a hidden recycle bin on my external, but I can't seem to reveal it?
My taskbar shows that I can "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media". I don't have anything plugged in. Selecting the message tells me that I can "Eject Nvidia GTX 970". Wouldn't that be odd? It's the friggin' video card! I'm partly ready to select that option, just to see what the computer would do. Oh, that's right: without a video card, I wouldn't be able to see what the computer is doing..Why does Windows 10 think that my PCIe card, the only one that's been in this machine, the one that's been there BEFORE W10 came along, why does W10 want to eject my card?
I just received my MSI laptop with Windows 10 and I'm still feeling around on how to use the new OS (upgraded from Windows 7). I plugged in my ext. HDD and something popped up asking something along the lines of "What do you want to do with this?". I was like "Okay, everything's going fine so far."
The problem came when I wanted to eject my HDD though. I couldn't find the icon in the little notifications area with the arrow. I couldn't eject the HDD from "This PC" either. In the end, I just unplugged it, since there wasn't anything too important on it.
I've tried enabling "Quick Removal" in the device manager, but that checkbox doesn't even show up. Instead, it's replaced with the "Write-caching policy" options. I've also tried turning the notifications on in the taskbar, but that doesn't work either. I turned on task manager, safely eject..., and location, but none of them show up. I've restarted my computer as well.
Since the last update i now have a new icon appearing in the sys tray (bottom left hand corner of screen) It is a yellow padlock clicking on it (both left and right click) bring up no information but as soon as it is clicked it disappears and doesn't reappear until I boot up again. I have googled it but all I have found is that it could be something to do with event logs being full up.
Norton informed me that Edge can't be protected by them - extensions not allowed (probably why it is faster?) I changed back to IE as my default browser but I don't have an icon to click. In Win 7 I had it in the tool tray but not on the crowded desk top. The upgrade removed it. Luckily I have a button on my keyboard - a little house icon - to go to my browser. The Fire Fox icon remained. IE browser (only Web Page Editor?) not listed in my all programs list - that I can find anyway.
I just built a new computer and installed Windows 7 Pro. I have no intention of upgrading to Windows 10. I keep getting the Windows 10 Upgrade icon in my System Tray.
Several months ago, I posted a question on this forum and asked how to get rid of this icon. I was told to go into Windows Update, find the update in the list, and Hide it. I was told that this would fix the problem, and it did for some time. Now the Update icon is back and there does not seem to be an update in Windows Update that I can hide to get rid of the icon. Is there any way to get rid of this icon that won't go away?
I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 and saw the option in my system tray. But my laptop was riddled with junk, so I factory reset Windows 7 to completely get rid of all malware/spyware, now the Windows 10 upgrade option is gone. I went thru all windows 7 updates.