How to Make Autoplay Work

by Rebecca Mecomber

AutoPlay is a convenient feature in Windows operating systems. AutoPlay automatically detects the type of media you insert into your computer (such as a CD or DVD), and offers suggestions for appropriate programs to play it. With AutoPlay, you can choose various programs to play various types of media, or set a program as a default media player or viewer for automatic play.

By default, Windows' AutoPlay feature is enabled. It may become disabled if a user or third-party software alters Windows' settings, or if your computer crashes. Windows makes it easy to turn AutoPlay on and manage your media applications.

Enable AutoPlay in Windows XP

1

Double-click “My Computer.” Select the CD/DVD drive and right-click. In the menu that appears, select “Properties.” The Properties dialog box will appear.

2

Select the tab “AutoPlay.”

3

Choose an AutoPlay option: “Restore Defaults,” “Prompt me each time to choose an action,” or making your choices as media components are added over time.

4

Click “OK” to save your changes.

Enable AutoPlay in Windows Vista

1

Go to the "Start" menu.

2

Click "Control Panel."

3

Double-click “AutoPlay.”

4

In the AutoPlay Window, check the box “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.”

Enable AutoPlay in Windows 7

1

Go to the "Start" menu.

2

Click "Control Panel."

3

Type “AutoPlay” in the search address bar.

4

In the AutoPlay window, check the box “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.”

About the Author

Rebecca Mecomber, a former radio broadcaster, has been a professional blogger and writer since 2006. Her articles and interviews have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," Salon.com and several other publications, covering topics such as Federal Trade Commission policy and media regulations, blogging, home improvement and New York travel.

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