Hi there, Penuwch. I appologize for the delay in responding to you. Just so you will know, (as FixYa can be a little hard to navigate until you become accustomed to it) when you have further information or comments to post like this, if you will post them as comments on the original post, I will be notified by email that I have a message. I should then be able to get back to you much more quickly, and hopefully help you to reach a resolution more rapidly! But I am glad to hear back from you, and am happy to be able to continue to assist, as I did a good bit of research when you submitted your original issue.
The information you have given me is very helpful. I think we are still having a little difficulty getting the files onto the drive successfully. Either that, or the drives are not compatible with Vista. Though I spent about 45 minutes on the Attache when responding to the first inquiry, I was unable to determine if there was an actual compatibility issue. Therefore, I had proceeded with the assumption that the flash drive should work on both XP and Vista. Update with your new feedback: Now that I have spent another hour searching PNY support, reading documents, etc., it appears that the drive should have no issues with Vista. We may need to address a driver, but if that were an issue, it should have already shown as a problem.
Now that I know a little more about your equipment, let's try starting over, OK? The way that the items are described as shortcuts suggests that perhaps the instructions I gave you the first time weren't clear enough to help you make good copies. I will explain shortcuts before I finish this.
Please plug the flash drive into a USB port on your XP PC. When you do so, after a moment (probably right after the system makes a sound to indicate it "sees" new equipment has been attached) a window should open. It will be titled something like "Removable Disk (G:)" - but the "G" will be whatever letter is the next available for your system to assign to it as a system drive. It will probably be an E if you do not have any other drives attached to your system, or network drives assigned.
Within this window, you will see basically three "sections". At the top, there will be some language about Windows performing the same action each time the device is connected, followed by "What do you want Windows to do?" The middle section is a box that includes a number of choices, with a scroll bar on the right. Scroll down until you see "Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer", and highlight that option by clicking on it just once. Then the bottom section, beneath the box we just scrolled through has a checkbox to "Always do the selected action." Make sure this is not checked, so that you will always retain your choices when you attach the device to your machine. (If it is checked, click on it to uncheck it.) So now, you should see the "Open folder..." option we chose highlighted, and the checkbox empty. This is just what we want, so click the OK button at the very bottom, and a Windows Explorer window will open. [This looks and functions very much like a "My Computer" window at this point, and the two types are really interchangeable for our purposes...]
Now, within that Explorer window, you should see the contents of your flash drive (Attache), which should be the three shortcuts you created earlier. This assumes that you have no other files on the drive. If you do, they will be listed as well. At any rate, a shortcut is a basically like a cross-reference for your computer. So, for instance, say that a file is saved with its long path in one location, for example, beginning with "C:\..." and concluding with"My Documents\My Folder\My File.wps". Then later you are working on some other files in a different folder, and you don't want to create two copies of the same file, but you want to be able to access it quickly without having to remember the big long path and go through all the steps to locate it. You would then create a shortcut in the new folder to that file, and the shortcut remembers all the details of the file's location, so that when you double click on the shortcut from that new location the file opens. (Let's say you are now working on new files in a folder named "Your Folder". Your shortcut refers back to the original file, located in "My Folder", so that you only have to have one copy of the file, and you can access it quickly.)
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