Windows users sometimes get too eager in trying to make their systems start up faster. One of the easiest ways to make Windows start up faster is to turn off unnecessary startup services. But we must be aware of potential complications. I learned this the hard way.
Turning Off Bluetooth Startup Service
If you go to
I opted to disable Adobe’s Updater services, KeePass’ startup service, and others. Among them the
After I started up Windows the next time, I noticed that the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the right corner of the Taskbar stopped working. I tried to click on it but there was no response. Normally, a link called Open Devices and Printers shows up followed by a list of devices that can be ejected.
I then tried to access the list of connected and removable devices via
The next thing I tried was forcing the Safely Remove Hardware window to come up by opening up a
Rundll32 Shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
Unfortunately, this trick didn’t work either. The window came up all right but when I tried to actually disconnect a USB hard drive, there was an error.
Clearly, Bluetooth had something to do with the problem.
So I returned to
After a while I realized that Bluetooth is a hardware device. Therefore I cannot simply turn off its services without turning off the device itself, too.
You can either choose not to mess around with Bluetooth and let it load even though you will never use it…
Or you have to shut Bluetooth down correctly. To do this, go to
Now you can go back to
Click on the
Now click on the
After restart Bluetooth will be completely disabled and yet the Safely Remove Hardware function will be intact and working properly.
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