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tom3600
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start-up from home computer is "long winded"

I've used Thunderbird portable apps in another lifetime in another world not too long ago. I moved on to a new company recently and to my horror I am not allowed to use my laptop for anything personal! How dare them! I can't even load a cd into my nuetered laptop without sending the disc to the computer Nazi's and have them scan and check it for potential virus's and fingerprints. Since I travel quite a bit I realized the only way to get my emails would be thru the public computers that a hotel would keep in the lobby. Yuck! Who knows where someone's fingers may have been??? Anyway, I figured out (trust me...this takes some doing by me) that I needed to go back to portable Thunderbird. I loaded it on a thumb drive and set it up (of course I did this without the use of the instructions). I thought life just got sweeter! It worked like a charm at the Hotel de Cheapo! My issue is that to my wife's disgust, I eventually had to go home. When I ever so gingerly placed the thumb drive into my Belkin 7 port USB hub with mag wheels I noticed that to open Portable Apps I had to open my C drive, open my D drive then click on the folder for Portable Apps - I'm tired just typing that out let alone doing that EVERYTIME I want to see my email. I remember (not too often at my advanced age) that when I used Portable Apps in my other life all I had to do was plug in the thumb drive and it booted up. As the 1987 winner of the "Laziest man in America" I'm troubled that I have to do all of this work just to read my emails about all of the foreign lotteries I've miraculously won! How can I set up my Portable Apps to open when I plug in my thumbdrive?

I'm thanking anyone in advance for helping me! I survive only because there are warm hearted people out there who are willing to help a computer challenged person such as I.

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What operating system are you on at home?

Only XP and newer operating systems can load it immediately.

Or let me put it this way: Is the bar that says "start" Blue, black, or Gray? If you haven't changed your settings... the "gray" bar means that the computer is to old to load PA menu right up because it doesn't have an "autorun" feature.

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Actually

XP has a theme (Windows Classic) that allows the task bar to be gray. That is not a good determining factor of what OS a person is using.

Back to the OP, I'm sorry, I can't really help you with this one, but I'm sure one of our other members can get back to you.

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That is why I said:

"If you haven't changed your settings..." in my post. The DEFAULT theme is BLUE. every OS that is older but isn't MS-DOS has a GRAY DEFAULT task bar.

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