I like to have desktop icons to various removable drives (USB pen drive, media player, external HDD etc.) for easy access - I've switched off auto-play for removable drives.
However, each time I restart the PC, the shortcuts to drives which aren't currently attached have disappeared.
How can I stop this behaviour?
In the end I used Desk Drive which which makes Windows work like the Mac - removable drive icons appear on the desktop when inserted and disappear when removed. This actually works better than having persistent icons as the icons only appear when the drive is ready to be used.