How to add “Safely Remove Hardware” shortcut to right-click menu in Windows Vista

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vistaIf you work with a lot of USB dongles or USB peripherals such as portable hard disk drivers, portable DVD players, USB printers etc, you may wish after a while, to get something better and faster than the default procedure available in your Windows Vista, something that, in a couple of clicks, lets you safely unplugs your beloved gadgets. So let’s see how you can get a “Safely Remove hardware” shortcut  in your right-click menu, and spare yourself from looking for the right icon among hundred ones available in the taskbar.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search Box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\
  4. In the left pane, right-click directly on the Shell folder and create a new Key. Name it Remove_Hardware.
  5. Right-click on the key just created and perform again the procedure described above, namey create a new Key. and name it Rule.
  6. Click on the key Rule.
  7. At this point in the right pane you should see a subkey named Default and Type REG_SZ.
  8. Doble-click on this subkey and change the value to RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
  9. Click OK.
  10. Restart your computer.

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