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    Win 7 (64-bit) won't let go of a USB device.

    I have had this problem since the git-go, so it's not due to an update. I also have tried the registry changes recommended and deleting the USB drivers, all to no avail. I still have to turn the PC (Lenovo 7723) off to safely remove a thumb drive.

    FT

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    Usually Windows will not release a removable drive if there is a connection to it. For example, open Explorer and click on the drive. Leave the focus there and try to safely remove the drive. Windows assumes you reading or writing data to it. It won't allow to remove it until you click on, say the C: drive. So its possible you have something that is making a connection to the USB drive when you put it in the port.
    Chuck

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    Nope. Your suggestion makes sense, but it didn't work. Still said something was using the thumb drive.

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    See:
    http://ask-leo.com/why_do_i_get_device_cannot_be_stopped_right_now_tr ying_to_safely_remove_my_usb_drive.html
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    or tips on how to find the culprit.
    Also you could try Safely remove:
    http://safelyremove.com/fullFeaturesList.htm

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    have no experience with this utility so I can't say how effective it is.

    Jerry

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