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June 27, 2014

How to Change AutoPlay settings in Windows 7?

AutoPlay lets you choose which program to use for different kinds of digital media, such as music CDs or pictures from your digital camera.

AutoPlay is a convenient feature, but it also means that viruses and malware make heavy use of such automation by launching or installing programs without you ever noticing it. That's why most security-aware people tend to disable it completely.

To turn AutoPlay on or off
When you turn AutoPlay on, you can choose what should happen when you insert different types of digital media into your computer. For example, you can choose which digital media player is used to play CDs. When AutoPlay is turned off, you are prompted to choose what you want to do when you insert digital media into your computer.

Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type autoplay, and then click AutoPlay.

Do one of the following:
To turn AutoPlay on, select the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box.

To turn AutoPlay off, clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box.
Click Save.

To change AutoPlay settings
Follow these steps to specify what should happen when you insert different types of digital media into your computer.

Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type autoplay, and then click AutoPlay.

Under Media, find the type of media that you want to change the AutoPlay setting for.

Click the action that you want AutoPlay to take when you insert that type of media into your computer.

Click Save.
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