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    Does Windows 10 handle USB problems better than Win 7?

    My Windows 7 machine has some issues with USB devices. First, it does not always recognize my KVM switch. Sometimes it fails after updates, sometimes randomly. I have no solution for this except I am glad I have a solid state hard drive, SSD card, as my C: drive.

    Second, if a flash memory card, like an SD card, is in the card reader when I start up, Windows 7 fails to start up. Sometimes I forget to remove it before shutting down, so my solution is to not to forget to remove my SD card from my card reader.

    It would be nice if the task bar notification area would have the USB disconnect icon visible when a USB Device is plugged in. I use external hard drives for backup which I disconnect between uses.

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    I have seen USB storage devices interfere with booting before. I have not found a cure other than not leaving a problem device in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nantucketbob View Post
    My Windows 7 machine has some issues with USB devices. First, it does not always recognize my KVM switch. Sometimes it fails after updates, sometimes randomly. I have no solution for this except I am glad I have a solid state hard drive, SSD card, as my C: drive.

    Second, if a flash memory card, like an SD card, is in the card reader when I start up, Windows 7 fails to start up. Sometimes I forget to remove it before shutting down, so my solution is to not to forget to remove my SD card from my card reader.
    These are more likely to be hardware or BIOS issues than an OS issue. Check the maker's site for a BIOS update.
    It would be nice if the task bar notification area would have the USB disconnect icon visible when a USB Device is plugged in. I use external hard drives for backup which I disconnect between uses.
    Win 7 already has a taskbar notification to alert you to the fact USB devices are connected. Unless you've hidden it, you should see it - unless you're using devices that aren't recognised as requiring safe removal.
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    Paul Edstein
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