I have a Dell 8400, P4, 2GB RAM, 250GB C-Drive, Windows XP-Home. On start-up, the internal DVD-RW comes up as the D-Drive and the internal DVD-ROM as the E-Drive.
I used to have a Western Digital external hard drive plugged into a USB port which would come up as the F-Drive. The Western Digital external hard drive quit working - it's now gone - not plugged in ... however, everytime I boot-up, Windows XP thinks it's still there as the F-Drive.
Each time I start up, I use the ''Unplug or Eject Hardware'' icon on the Taskbar to ''safely remove'' the external hard drive (even though it's not there). The F-Drive does, in fact, then go away. I've uninstalled the F-Drive Driver, but Windows "finds new hardware" on the next start-up - even though there's nothing there???
How do I get Windows XP to stop thinking the old external hard drive is still plugged in?
Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly
Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?