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How can I upload my photos to Google Photos from my PC?
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I have a Windows PC and Android phone. They both used to backup to Google Photos automatically until Google Photos Backup was ceased. I installed Backup & Sync as instructed to replace it but each time I restart my PC the BnS restarts from the beginning of my 43K photos and I now have duplicates of photo folders listed in Google Drive/Computer/MyComputer/Pictures.  I had Google Drive Photos and Google Photos syncing because I do not want to use Google Drive, I only want to use Google Photos. My PC is very slow and almost impossible to use while BnS is running. I have had 3 chat sessions with Google Drive Support and the upshot is that I need to ask this forum how I can get the same result (everything backed up to Google Photos) without involving BnS.  I have had a look at a previous post and its suggestion to read  https://support.google.com/photos/forum/AAAAzDQC9KE8FWyZhdIFNU  and although I see I should not use Google Drive for anything but searching, I am unable to get passed all the BnS constant syncing and using all my PC power.
My phone is still backing up automatically but not my PC and the only offer is BnS.
All I want is to have all my photos showing on Google Photos.
Thanks for any help.
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You simply can't get what you want anymore indeed. 
But the pictures on Drive are no duplicates, just dummies that normally use no storage. Apparently it is the only way google is able to sync your desktopfolders, because what reaches Google Photos, is not synced (unless for deletions) and does not show your folders. 
So what is happening now is the filling of these dummies on Drive and that is a temporary job. 

You only can avoid Google Drive with manual uploading a folder to Google Photos and then you have the benefit that you can create a (new) album directly. 

PS: in the settings of B&S you can slow down the networkusage for uploading. Then your computer also will be less busy. But of course the uploading & syncing will take longer then.
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Thank you Rinus. I have had another look at the duplicate folders and some of them are dummies, but one pair has half the folder held on my PC and the other with the same name as the other half.
As you say, I will have to manually upload what I want which is going to be a pain.

I would like to clear out Google Drive so I do not have some photos on there and some not, but trying to understand Help on how Delete works is not easy - if I delete everything from Google Drive will my photos on Google Photos also disappear? Per Help it appears that is what will happen.
Thanks for any help
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Sorry that I did not reply immediately. 
I don't understand what say about these folders, unless that pc-folder contains raw+jpegs. Then the jpegs are accepted for Google Photos, but the raws got to Drive only, because you did not include raws for uploading to Google Photos. 
If you delete folders on Drive, their individual pictures will not disappear from Google Photos. But you have to check that with one folder first. 
Also set the Removal option to nowhere - else the folder may disappear from your desktop. 
So set the app on Pausing at least before deciding to uninstall it. 
And there are more experienced contributors here also.
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Thank you again Rinus.
The PC folder contains about 20 shortish videos. There are 2 folders in Google Drive/../Pictures with the same name as the PC folder, and half the videos are in one folder and the others are in the second folder.
I am not sure if this is relevant but my photos etc are all in folders on my PC under Pictures, so none of them are on my desktop. Google Drive has supposedly copied the contents of my PC's Pictures exactly - except that it hasn't  because of the dupilicated folders (which I have to open to see if they are dummies) and the possibility of some folders not containing an exact copy of those on my PC (the video folders).
I have quit BnS at the moment, so unless I restart my PC or BnS, it is doing nothing at the moment - and I can use my PC !!!
I just feel it is all such a shambles that I would be better to clear out Google Drive and uninstall BnS, but I am worried about deleting years of photos from Google Photos - I will give it a go with a test and let the community know - if they are interested.
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@Avalon Pritchard,
It's not clear to which post you reply, and thus not clear what you want to say/ask. Can you elaborate ?
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