Windows can’t stop your ‘Generic volume’ device because a program is still using it
Posted by Planet Malaysia on December 26, 2007
I have received the same error message “Windows can’t stop your ‘Generic Volume’ device because it is in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and try again later.” for many many times whenever I would like to disconnect my external USB hard disk drive in Windows Vista Ultimate X64.
I'm sure I have stop accessing my USB drive, no program running on the desktop and I had tried many many solutions as suggested below:
- STOP the CNG Key Isolation services
- STOP any Antivirus software services
- STOP Defender services
- STOP Firewall services
- STOP ReadyBoost services
- Unlocker software
- Process Monitor from SysInternal
- USB safety remove software
The results are failed. WTH? Windows Vista! What kinds of background process that stop me? Google and googling for more than a day and still couldn't found any solution to solve this stupid problem.
Finally I found the usual solution that used to unplug the external USB manually without safety remove option. Good solution? Please tell Microsoft. Again another better solution would be restart the Windows Vista, click on 'Safety Remove Hardware" and it worked for me.
My suggestion is try option 2(restart) the box instead unplug the USB drive immediately. Hope this can help if you couldn't found any solution like me. But if anyone have a better solution, please do share with us. Thanks.
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