Windows 11 22H2 has an annoying new bug that prevents some users from being able to safely eject their USB devices if Task Manager is open.
Whenever you plug in a USB device, especially a storage device such as a USB flash drive, be sure to safely eject it before removing it. In Windows 11, you can do this by right-clicking the USB icon in the taskbar and selecting ‘Eject’ by the name of the device you want to remove.
Annoyingly, however, some people are reporting a bug that prevents them from doing this when Task Manager is running. Instead, trying to unplug the USB device causes Windows 11 to stop responding for a few seconds and then throws an error saying “Windows cannot stop your device because a program is still using it. Please close any programs that may be using the device and try again later.”
This error usually appears when you try to eject USB media that is still in use, such as when you are copying files to and from a memory card. However, this bug means you get this warning regardless of your USB device It is in use – and this can cause problems.
Analysis: Seems like a small problem – but it could have big ramifications
Of course, compared to other Windows 11 issues, this might not seem like a big deal. It seems to only happen when Task Manager is open at the same time, and most regular users rarely use it.
You could also argue that this bug at least seems to tell people that it’s not safe to remove the USB when it It is insurance – not the other way around.
However, this is still a frustrating bug that can cause serious problems. There’s a reason why you should always safely remove a USB storage device by ejecting it in Windows 11, rather than simply pulling it out of your computer. If you do this and the USB device is still in use, you can corrupt the data on the USB – and in extreme cases, even render the entire USB device unusable. If you have a lot of important stuff stored on the flash drive, it can be a real nightmare.
So, if Windows 11 is giving you incorrect information about when to remove a USB drive, this is worrying. This could lead to people pulling out the device and ignoring the warnings in the future.
As we said in our Windows 11 review, Microsoft’s newest operating system has the potential to be a brilliant update – but bugs like this aren’t going to win new fans anytime soon.