Auto Play

AutoPlay options determine how Windows 7 handles files on CDs, DVDs, and portable devices. You can configure separate AutoPlay options for each type of CD, DVD, and media your computer can handle.

With software and games, you have the following AutoPlay options (see Figure 4-1):

Install or run program

Uses the program's Autorun file to start installing or running the program automatically. Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer

Opens Windows Explorer so that you can browse the CD or DVD.


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Figure 4-1. Selecting the Autorun or Setup option to install or run a program

You can configure AutoPlay options by completing the following steps:

1. Click Starts-Default Programs.

2. On the Default Programs page in the Control Panel, click Change AutoPlay settings.

3. As shown in Figure 4-2, use the lists under Media to set the default AutoPlay option to use for each type of media. The various AutoPlay options require Windows to determine the type of disc and media you've inserted. This can sometimes slow down the disc recognition process. "Ask me every time" is a safe choice, as it requires you to decide before any action is taken.

4. If you don't want to use AutoPlay, clear the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" checkbox. Keep in mind that this will disable AutoPlay for both media and devices.

5. Click Save to save your settings.

* > I Dislike AutoPlay for media but like AutoPlay for devices? Instead of disabling AutoPlay completely, set the default value for all media as "Take no action." This will allow you to still use AutoPlay with devices.

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