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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzaboy View Post
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    I have a compact PC running WIN10. I have three (3) two TB solid state portable hard drives plugged in to USB ports. I use these for saving all files, only the OS is on the in-built hard drive. If find this a safe guard & portable option for saving everything should the PC or internal drive crash. Recently the PC, when started, instead of going to the desktop, now opens the menu on all the "plugged in" hard drives. This is happening 9 out of 10 times.

    Any ideas why, and how to stop this happening? I think it may have started after the most recent auto OS upgrade.
    Do you mean it goes into the menu of the hardrives in windows? As in.. into the file manager screen? If so it's a windows thing. Remembers your most clicked on or opened screens and automatically opens it for you. You can turn it off.

    Fyi you can install internal hardrives which is basically the same as having external ones except you'll usually benefit from a faster transfer rate. You can still just take them out and put them in the next computer should your os hdd die.
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    It opens all three HD's. Example : one drive is only photos. It open all folders and shows all pics in view mode. Same with the files on the other two drives. This means I need to close all three drives to get back to the desktop screen.

    As for installing them, they all won't fit in my compact PC and it also negates their option of quick & easy portability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzaboy View Post
    It opens all three HD's. Example : one drive is only photos. It open all folders and shows all pics in view mode. Same with the files on the other two drives. This means I need to close all three drives to get back to the desktop screen.

    As for installing them, they all won't fit in my compact PC and it also negates their option of quick & easy portability.
    Hey if it meets your needs then have at it. I just find usb hdds can be a bit slow with mass data storage at times.

    Go to "Personalisation" settings and "start" click on "choose which folders appear on start" make sure "file explorer is in the off position"

    It's something like that. I'm not at my computer to check it for you(because I'm in Bali ) but it's in there somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0-TJ-0 View Post
    Hey if it meets your needs then have at it. I just find usb hdds can be a bit slow with mass data storage at times.

    Go to "Personalisation" settings and "start" click on "choose which folders appear on start" make sure "file explorer is in the off position"

    It's something like that. I'm not at my computer to check it for you(because I'm in Bali ) but it's in there somewhere.
    Thanks, I'll check that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazzaboy View Post
    Guys,
    I have a compact PC running WIN10. I have three (3) two TB solid state portable hard drives plugged in to USB ports. I use these for saving all files, only the OS is on the in-built hard drive. If find this a safe guard & portable option for saving everything should the PC or internal drive crash. Recently the PC, when started, instead of going to the desktop, now opens the menu on all the "plugged in" hard drives. This is happening 9 out of 10 times.

    Any ideas why, and how to stop this happening? I think it may have started after the most recent auto OS upgrade.
    Sounds like a feature re-introduced in W10 (PCs used to do this ages ago).

    I remembers what yo had open at shut down and automatically launches those programs for you at startup.

    Try closing all open windows / programs / apps before you shut down.

    Shut down and startup again and see if the windows re-open upon startup. I strongly suspect it's this.

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    https://www.howtogeek.com/396884/how...rting-your-pc/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasnart View Post
    They all just delving deeper deeper into your lives. I'm not on facebook, linkedin, instagram or any other "social" network, but do subscribe to microsoft for their programs, if thats what you call them.

    Is there any way for someone like me to stay anonomous online, but connected to regular microsoft programs?

    What if I gave up my monthly automatic microsoft subscription and just bought a microsoft cd from officeworks, would that shield me from the continuous online updates and surveillance?

    Yes I know that might cost a bomb up front compared to my $18/month or thereabouts, but might that stop me getting heavily bombarded with updates and intruisive programs I don't know how to handle?

    All I want is a simple operating system that doesn't track or shadow me or change things or try to sign me up to systems I don't want.

    Is that possibls these days?
    You may be interested in Chromebooks? They need to have Internet access as they rely on being online. I don't have any 1st hand experience with them, but you may find them useful.

    Unfortunately we live in a Windows world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasnart View Post
    They all just delving deeper deeper into your lives. I'm not on facebook, linkedin, instagram or any other "social" network, but do subscribe to microsoft for their programs, if thats what you call them.

    Is there any way for someone like me to stay anonomous online, but connected to regular microsoft programs?

    What if I gave up my monthly automatic microsoft subscription and just bought a microsoft cd from officeworks, would that shield me from the continuous online updates and surveillance?

    Yes I know that might cost a bomb up front compared to my $18/month or thereabouts, but might that stop me getting heavily bombarded with updates and intruisive programs I don't know how to handle?

    All I want is a simple operating system that doesn't track or shadow me or change things or try to sign me up to systems I don't want.

    Is that possibls these days?
    Only way is to stick with an older version of Office matey, office 2013 being the last one that didn't need subscription I believe. You don't really miss out on much, most of the update features aren't shit you would likely use anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10G View Post
    You may be interested in Chromebooks? They need to have Internet access as they rely on being online. I don't have any 1st hand experience with them, but you may find them useful.

    Unfortunately we live in a Windows world.
    Used to work in a school, seen a few kids with the Chromebooks. My biggest issue with them is they are usually quite low spec'd and therefore would only expect to get max 2-3 years put of them if you want to stay current with programs etc. They are still an option but I don't really believe Google's os offering is comparable to windows or Mac OS's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasnart View Post
    They all just delving deeper deeper into your lives. I'm not on facebook, linkedin, instagram or any other "social" network, but do subscribe to microsoft for their programs, if thats what you call them.

    Is there any way for someone like me to stay anonomous online, but connected to regular microsoft programs?

    What if I gave up my monthly automatic microsoft subscription and just bought a microsoft cd from officeworks, would that shield me from the continuous online updates and surveillance?

    Yes I know that might cost a bomb up front compared to my $18/month or thereabouts, but might that stop me getting heavily bombarded with updates and intruisive programs I don't know how to handle?

    All I want is a simple operating system that doesn't track or shadow me or change things or try to sign me up to systems I don't want.

    Is that possibls these days?
    This forum is a Facebook really...people with common interests likening what you say,commenting on what you comment on...forums are just a not so Facebook forum really

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