Here are answers to some common questions about AutoPlay.
Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.
In the list next to the device or type of media, click the new action you want to use.
There are two ways to do this:
Clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box, and then click Save.
In the list next to each type of media that you don't want to be asked about, select Take no action, and then click Save.
In the list next to each type of media that you want to be asked about, select Ask me every time, and then click Save.
To run or install a program one time, follow these steps:
Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.
Right-click the device or drive, and then click Run enhanced content or Install or run program.
To have a program always run automatically, follow these steps:
Choose Run enhanced content for the type you want (enhanced audio CD or enhanced DVD movie), or choose Install or run program for software and games. Note that this runs the program for all discs of this type, not just the disc you are currently
If a media program is open in an active window, it can cancel AutoPlay and just run or play the content itself. AutoPlay won’t appear and the default action won’t happen. Some programs do cancel AutoPlay when they’re open, depending on the type of media you insert.
An enhanced audio CD or enhanced DVD movie contains additional content in other formats. For example, a recording artist might include video clips or artist profiles on an enhanced audio CD.
The category "software and games" includes any type of media containing programs that you need to install or games that you need to install or play.
If you have connected a volume device to your computer (for example, a USB flash drive or external hard drive), that device will not appear in the Devices section of AutoPlay. To browse the contents of volume devices, open Computer.
AutoPlay only lists non-volume devices (for example, some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones). This is because these devices don't use a standard file system and AutoPlay cannot browse the contents of these devices to see what types of files they contain.
AutoPlay has been redesigned. Now holding down the SHIFT key opens AutoPlay regardless of the default setting.