windows 10 home does not like me to remove portable hard drives etc

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    thanks all!!!!
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    hdmi said:
    With Windows 10, there's not a long list of things that can't change themselves.

    I once had a similar problem of not being able to safely remove my USB harddrive. The solution that worked was to "Turn Off the Caching of Thumbnails in Hidden Thumbs.db Files."
    On Windows 10 Home, as there's no Group Policy Editor to be able to change this setting, by far the easiest way to achieve this is to change it in the Windows registry by issuing─from an elevated command prompt─the following command:
    Code:
    reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /v DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders /d 0x1 /t REG_DWORD /f

    I have always used gpedit to turn off caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files, but now that option seems to have disappeared. Does anyone know if it has just moved elsewhere?
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    geckohale said:
    I have always used gpedit to turn off caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files, but now that option seems to have disappeared. Does anyone know if it has just moved elsewhere?
    AFAIK it should still be in gpedit (User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | File Explorer). It can be seen in the picture that is shown in this tutorial, two lines below the one that is marked:
    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10
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