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7 September, 2006

Configure AutoPlay

Maybe it's only me, but I find it irritating that my PC autoplays music CDs, as I want, but also attempts to autoplay every other type of CD-R or CD-ROM I insert into the drive.

I don't want to be asked every time what to do about a CD-R containing images, or html, or mixed content, and there's no obvious 'remember this setting' option. My understanding was that I couldn't have one variety of autoplay without the other, and that turning it off altogether was difficult to reverse (a registry-editing issue). Wrong.

It's really straightforward, but if it eluded me, I might as well mention it for others.

Simply right-click on 'D:' (or whichever drive letter applies) in Windows Explorer. Select 'Properties' and 'AutoPlay'. Configure the behaviour for each likely circumstance. Easy.

[Via a comment at Guardian Technology.]


TweakUI enables you to completely turn off autoplay for certain drive types.

After you install it, just run it and look under 'My Computer'->'Autoplay'->'Types'.

Posted by danbee at September 8, 2006 09:52 PM

No, the idea is to turn off autoplay for certain content types, whilst leaving it on for others. For example, I do want 'D:' to autoplay music CDs, but not CD-Rs containing photos.
I already have TweakUI, and it doesn't do that (doesn't need to WinXP does it itself!).

Posted by NRT at September 8, 2006 11:20 PM

Ah yes, I've just re-read the post. Ah well, it's there for those that want it :)

Posted by danbee at September 10, 2006 04:11 PM
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