The term hot docking refers to a process of docking or undocking a running computer. While cold docking or undocking is supported on a hardware and software level by all dockable laptops, hot docking capabilities vary from machine to machine. Microsoft notes that "the only way to know whether your system fully supports hot docking, from a hardware perspective, is to check the computer manufacturer's documentation." So check your Dell's specs or contact Dell before moving forward with the hot undocking process.
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Start your computer and keep it running.
Notify the system before removing it by pressing the external "Undock" button or clicking "Start" and then "Undock PC." Do not remove the computer before notifying it.
Disconnect your Dell Laptop from the docking station to complete the hot docking process.
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