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Playing CDs and DVDs Automatically by Adjusting the AutoPlay Settings

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This document applies to HP and Compaq computers using Windows 7, Vista, XP, Me and 98.
This document explains how to play discs automatically when inserting them into the CD or DVD drive, or to prevent them from playing automatically. It also describes how to adjust the AutoPlay settings for all types of removable media, including USB storage devices such as memory cards.

Adjusting AutoPlay settings

Use the following instructions, depending on your version of Windows, to adjust the AutoPlay settings for your CD or DVD drive.
For more information on a given step, click the heading or the accompanying plus (+) sign to expand the information.
Make adjustments to the AutoPlay feature in Windows Vista or Windows 7 using one of the following methods:
  • Adjust AutoPlay for one media type
  • Adjust AutoPlay for all removable media and devices
  1. Insert the type of disc you want to play automatically into the drive.
    The AutoPlay window opens. If AutoPlay does not open, skip to the next section .
  2. To set this as the default action for this disc type, click Always do this for XXX (where XXX is the type of disc).
  3. Click the action and name of software to use with this disc type. The chosen software opens and performs the action, or prompts you to perform the action.
    If you want AutoPlay to do nothing for this disc type, click Set AutoPlay defaults in Control Panel . In Control Panel, click the disc type, and then click Take no Action .
    Figure 1: AutoPlay window for blank DVDs
    AutoPlay window for blank DVDs
  1. Click Start , and then type autoplay in the Start Search box. Then click AutoPlay from the results.
    The AutoPlay window opens.
  2. To completely turn off AutoPlay, remove the selection from Use AutoPlay for all media and devices , and click Save . The AutoPlay window no longer opens when connecting removable media, including USB storage devices.
    Figure 2: AutoPlay selection page in Control Panel
    AutoPlay selection page in Control Panel
  3. Click the drop-down list next to the media or device.
  4. From the list, click the action and name of software you want to use.
  5. Continue setting the actions for each type of media or device until done.
  6. Click Save when done.
Use the following steps to automatically play discs when they are inserted into the drive:
  1. Click Start , and then click My Computer .
  2. Right-click the icon for the CD or DVD drive for which you want to change the settings, and then click Properties .
  3. Click the AutoPlay tab, and click a File Type .
    Figure 3: AutoPlay settings
    AutoPlay settings
  4. Click Select an action to perform .
  5. In the Actions menu, click the action you want Windows to perform. If you want to prevent the file type from playing automatically, click Take No Action .
  6. Repeat until all file types have an action.
    NOTE:If you want Windows to prompt for an action when a type of disc is inserted, click Prompt me each time to choose an action . This choice displays a window with choices for all the recognized file types on the inserted disc.
    Figure 4: AutoPlay window for blank CDs
    AutoPlay window
  7. Click OK when done.
  8. Insert a CD or DVD disk into the drive to see if it automatically plays.
    If AutoPlay is still not working correctly, use Microsoft's AutoPlay Repair Wizard (in English) to repair AutoPlay.
Use the following steps to automatically play discs when they are inserted into the drive (or to prevent them from playing automatically):
  1. Right-click My Computer on the Windows Desktop.
  2. Click Properties , and then click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Click the plus sign (+ ) next to CD-ROM.
  4. Double-click the CD or DVD drive name, and click Settings .
  5. Do one the following:
    • To make discs play automatically, click Auto insert notification .
    • To prevent discs from playing automatically, remove the checkmark next to Auto insert notification .
  6. Click OK , and restart the computer.
  7. After the computer restarts, insert a disc into the drive to see if it plays automatically .