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Windows XP: Turn Off Auto Play For External USB Hard Drive

By default when you plug in a external hard drive via USB to a Windows XP computer auto play will automatically launch. This can be beneficial if you rarely plug in USB hard drives and when you do you like to decide what action to take such as copying pictures from the drive to the local computer or printing documents from the drive to a network printer. In most scenarios  though you will probably be moving files to and from the external hard drive to your computer and the auto play pop up is annoying. It is even more annoying if you almost always have the external hard drive attached so every single time you reboot your Windows XP computer you have to deal with one more annoying pop up. Below is information on how to disable the automatic auto play pop up per USB hard drive.

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Internet Explorer 8: Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?

A default installation of Internet Explorer 8 has some security settings that can be annoying at times though technically they are the correct way to have things configured. One that will pop up a lot if the default settings is left untouched the the display of “mixed content” or display a HTTPS URL that has HTTP content mixed into it. Technically when visiting a secure webpage being delivered over SSL there should not be any HTTP items on the page as it leaves the door open for a security breach. The problem is there are a ton of web sites out there that display mixed content.

**NOTE: This setting is the same for the Windows XP 32-Bit and Windows 7 64-Bit versions of Internet Explorer 8.