To Safely remove USB drives via a Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 desktop shortcut!
Please press the Windows 8 Shortcut [Windows + D] to see the Windows-8 Desktop (see Image-1).
And then, as explained in the FAQ-89: ... Windows 8 desktop shortcut create a new desktop shortcut.
Use the command: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll [see Image-1 Arrow 1] and as shortcut name for example Remove Hardware [see Image-1 Arrow 3].
You can also add (pin) the command Remove Hardware the Task-Bar [... see image 2 Arrow-1].
Or remove storage via Windows-8 tray icon [... see image 3 Arrow-1,2,3].
This solution is also for Windows-Server 2012 and 2008!
FAQ 90: Updated on: June 24th 2015 13:54