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Undock a portable computer

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To undock a portable computer

  1. Click Start, and then click Eject PC. A message appears saying that it is safe to undock your computer.

  2. Undock your portable computer, or, if you have a motorized docking station, your portable computer will undock automatically.


  • Removing a portable computer without using Eject PC is not supported and can result in data loss or even hardware damage. To avoid loss or damage, use Eject PC 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 is also not supported as this is likely to result in data loss and system instability.


  • Eject PC appears on the Start menu only if a computer is Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)-enabled. If Eject PC does not appear on the Start menu, your computer is not ACPI-enabled, might not support undocking, or you might lack the security permissions required to undock your portable computer. See your administrator for these permissions.

  • Some computers have an eject button on the docking station. Pressing the eject button button instead of following this procedure also undocks the laptop. Read the manufacturer's instructions for more information.

  • To work on a file or folder that is located on the network, ensure that you make the item available on your undocked laptop. For more information on using offline folders, see Offline Files overview in Related Topics.

  • For optimal laptop performance, you should change your power scheme using Power Options in Control Panel.

  • Programs located on a network will not be available on your laptop when you undock.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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