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How to Change AutoPlay Settings in Windows 7

AutoPlay allows you to set the AutoPlay settings for all media and devices. With AutoPlay you can also change which programs to use to start different kinds of media, such as music CDs or DVDs that contain photos. Eg. you can set for Software and Games CDs to start Installation or run automatically as soon as they are inserted in the CD Drive.

So with AutoPlay you can:

  • Turn On/Off AutoPlay
  • Set default program for media and other files
  • Set default action for a device or type of media

Let's see how to play with these options:

1. Click the Start button to view the Start Menu and then choose the Control Panel option.



2. The Control Panel window opens up. Click on the All Control Panel Items.



3. Window shows all control panel items. Click on AutoPlay.



Window opens up as below. By default the AutoPlay is ON as you can see the checkbox for Use AutoPlay for all media and devices is checked.



4.Turn off AutoPlay completely: Clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box, and then click Save.




5. Turn off AutoPlay for only one type of media. Click to open AutoPlay.



In the list next to each type of media that you don't want to be asked about, click Take no action, and then click Save.

6. Set Default Program: Click to open AutoPlay.



For Audio CD click Play audio CD using Windows Media Player, for Pictures click View pictures using Windows and for Vedio CD click Play Vedio Cd using Windows Media Player and then Click Save.

7. Set Defualt Action: Click to open AutoPlay.



You can click actions like Take no action, Ask me everytime and Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer for the type of media you want and then click Save.


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Re: How to Configure AutoPlay Settings in Windows 7

I've been experiencing that explore.exe is eating up my memory, in fact all available memory and thus causing a severe system slowdown.

I've found at the end that as soon as I change the Autoplay options in the control panel and uncheck the main checkbox - so it doesn't use autorun for any kind of media - it runs as expected.

Thought I will share here, maybe it benefits someone else, too!


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Re: How to Configure AutoPlay Settings in Windows 7

An excellent way for one to play a DVD with Windows Media player than with the HP mediasmart.
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