Plug and Play Stops Working on Windows 7 Beta

Recently the plug and play stops working on my MacBook under Windows 7 Beta several times. I had to restart the machine just to get it to work again. It is very annoying if you are in the middle of something and you have several applications running.

I first tried to restart the Plug and Play service, but the option to stop or restart the service has been grayed out. Accidentally, I found that the plug and play started to work again after I restarted Windows Explorer.

Follow these steps to restart Windows Explorer.

  1. Right click on the taskbar and select Start Task Manager.
  2. Select explorer.exe and click on End Process.
  3. Sometimes, the system offers to run explorer.exe after your terminate it. If not, click on File -> New Task (Run …) and enter explorer. Click on OK to continue.

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