"Generic volume cannot be stopped right now" error when Removing a pen-drive

Trouble: We attach portable USB device like pen drive, memory cards and portable drives etc. on our computer to transfer files from/to your computer.   When you try to remove a USB pen-drive by using “Safely Remove Hardware > Safely remove USB Mass Storage device”  option, windows should stop all the read-write operations on the drive so that the drive …

Problem in formatting pen drive

Trouble: We have received many problems mentioning that they are not able to format their pen drives. Some of them have written that the pen drive capacity displayed is not correct.   When they try to format the pen drive, Windows Shows error "Can not format the pen drive". There can be more than one reasons behind such problems, some …

End program – WMS Idle message on windows shutdown

Trouble: One of our readers Jasjit reported a problem "When I shutdown my computer a message appears that WMS Idle does not closed properly"   This is a very common problem faced by many computer users. When they shutdown the computer, following error appears: "End program – WMS idle"   What is WMS Idle ?     WMS is media …

Pen drive blocked-disabled at office or college computer – Unblock it

Trouble: We have observed this problem at may places that you need some data on your pen drive but the USB drive or pen drive does not work. Windows gives a notification “Found new hardware, USB Mass Storage Device, please install drivers for it.”   Windows will now show a New Hardware Wizard to install the drivers. Lets see in …

How to fix – hal.dll is missing or corrupt in windows

Trouble: One of our readers Senthil wrote “When I switch on the computer the following error will displayed : <windowsroot>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt please reinstall the copy of above file”   What is hal.dll ? Short for Hardware Abstraction Layer, HAL is an operating system programming layer that enables the operating system to operate with a hardware device. hal.dll …

Disable data writing on your USB drive to protect it from viruses

Trouble: Majority of the virus problem which we receive from the readers are those cases which infect the system through pen drives. According to our records about 40 percent of the total computer systems got virus or trojan infection through pen drives and USB portable devices like iPOd, Mp3 players etc.   Yesterday, I found a cool utility called Thumbscrew …