Windows 11 2022 Update Has ANOTHER New Bug – USB Removal Errors

Thankfully, modern Windows operating systems are a lot more forgiving when it comes to removing USB storage devices. Once upon a time, to prevent any potential risk of data corruption (which was very real and exceptionally common), you had to manually ‘eject’ a USB device (Safely Remove Hardware) through the system to ensure that it would successfully work again when reinserted. – Failure to do this (and yanking it out at the wrong time) could often result in the device being completely bricked and although it’s been a fair while since this last happened to me, I know for a fact that I’ve had to consign more than a few thumb drives to the technological graveyard.

As above though, this is now mostly an issue consigned to the history of older operating systems with it actually being quite difficult these days to ‘brick’ a USB storage device.

Being a moderate traditionalist, however, I still typically do the ‘manual ejection’ method to just be certain my device isn’t going to have any problems. – Following a report via BetaNews, however, it seems that this is creating a lot of problems for users under the new Windows 11 2022 update. – Yes, another bug has been found!

Windows 11 2022 Update Creates New USB Removal Bug

Following the latest (and first major) Windows 11 update (22H2), users have started reporting that when attempting the traditional method of ‘ejecting’ a USB storage device through the system settings, rather than getting the notification that it is ‘now safe to remove the device’, they are instead seeing an incredibly disturbing “Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device” error message. – A post which would indicate that, against all apparent visual checks, the device is still being used by something.

Now, again, for those older people among you, this is not what you want to see and will clearly have you more than a little terrified that by removing your USB device you might end up ruining it completely. Well, that or, at the very least, you’ll be risking losing all the data that’s on it.

What’s causing this problem though? Well, it’s a bit of a unique issue, but apparently, this only occurs if the Windows 11 user has the task manager open while attempting the drive removal. – There is, fortunately, no actual risk to your USB device and closing the task manager window should remove the error. – Based on the masses of issues found with the Windows 11 2022 update, however, (click here if you want to see the growing list), it seems that our advice remains the same.

If you haven’t made this update yet, don’t! – Microsoft still has a lot of work to do before we’re willing to give this 2022 update a pass!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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