How to Set a CD to Start Automatically When You Put it in a Player

By Damarious Page

Updated February 10, 2017

The CD will start automatically when the door is closed on the CD drive.
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Compact discs store many types of data and media, and use various applications on the computer to start up. An audio CD might use a media player program; a CD that holds data files might use a CD-burning utility; and a software CD might start without a third-party program because the developer programmed the disc to run independently. A PC user might have difficulty remembering and finding which programs handle a type of CD. If you use Windows 7, you can program the PC to automatically recommend programs and play the CD instead.

Click "Start." Type "AutoPlay" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter."

Click a check mark in the box next to "Use AutoPlay for All Media and Devices."

Click "Save." Close the window.

Insert the CD. If an pop-up box shows asking you to select a program, click on the preferred program. Also, click a check mark in the box that mentions to "Always" use the program.


For specific CD media, such as a "blank" vs. "audio" disc, do not check the box for all devices. Instead, scroll down the various CD options in the "Media" section and make a selection from the drop-down menus.