Thanks for the suggestion, but still won't let it go.

There are a bunch more processes running under local, network, and system users; I only listed the self-account processes.

I know I can reboot to kick it out, but this seems ridiculous that it's this finicky about ejecting a USB.


On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM, Beth Wilkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Try to restart the explorer process. Open Task manager and click Run new task. Type in explorer.exe and you should see the desktop refresh. Try to eject the thumb drive again.
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On 9/10/2014 10:08 AM, Luke Donforth wrote:
Hi all,

I'm running windows 7. I've got some numbers I want to look at in a text file on a thumb drive. I open up excel, open the file, and am done. I close excel, and then go to eject the UDB stick.

WIndows informs me "Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because a program is still using it. Close any programs that might be using the device, and then try again later."

I closed Excel. The Task Manager list says
acrotray.exe
atiedxx.exe
csrss.exe
Dropbox.exe
dwm.exe
explorer.exe
firefox.exe (opened afterwards to write this message)
msseces.exe
RtDCpl64.exe
SCNotification.exe
taskeng.exe
taskhost.exe
taskmgr.exe
winlogin.exe

I'm not saving anything to the thumb drive, so I don't think it's write-caching (windows acknowledges it as a removable drive, which I thought meant it didn't cache anyway).

I don't have any file manager windows open, but somewhere, some part of windows thinks it's still using this file and won't let go.

Thoughts?

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Luke Donforth, Ph.D.
Lab Coordinator
Physics Department, University of Vermont
802-656-0052
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Luke Donforth, Ph.D.
Lab Coordinator
Physics Department, University of Vermont
802-656-0052
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