This topic provides a procedure that you can use to safely remove a portable computer from a docking station.
Removing a portable computer without using Undock can result in system instability, data loss, or even hardware damage. To avoid loss or damage, use Undock to undock your computer, or shut down the system and undock the portable computer while your system is off. Undocking a portable computer while it is in either standby mode or hibernate mode can result in data loss and system instability.
Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.
|To undock a portable computer|
On the Start menu, to the right of the Power down and Lock buttons, click the arrow button to reveal the Shutdown Options menu.
If your computer is recognized by Windows as a portable computer that supports undocking, then Undock appears on this menu. If you computer is not recognized as a computer that supports undocking, then Undock does not appear.
After you receive notification that it is safe to do so, undock your portable computer.I If you have a motorized docking station, your portable computer will undock automatically.
- Undock appears on the Shutdown
Options menu only if the computer is Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface (ACPI)-enabled and recognized as a portable
computer in a docking station. If Undock does not appear on
the Shutdown Options menu, your computer is not
ACPI-enabled, or might not support undocking.
- Some computers have an eject button on the
docking station. Pressing the eject button instead of following
this procedure also undocks the laptop. For more information, see
the documentation provided with your docking station.
- For optimal laptop performance, change your
power scheme in Control Panel. This option is available in
the Mobile PC category as Manage the battery power,
or Power Options in Classic View.
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