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.
- Right click on the taskbar and select Start Task Manager.
- Select explorer.exe and click on End Process.
- 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.