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How To Turn On or Off AutoPlay Features in Windows 7–Change What Programs and Media Are Used In AutoPlay

The Auto-Play features are changed in Control Panel

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Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.

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From this screen you can change the action for different devices and types of media. 

Hint: This is particularly interesting if you ever want to RIP a CD or DVD and Windows Media Player pops up to play the media.  Turning the setting off for this media will keep it from popping up or auto-playing.

Turn off AutoPlay completely

  1. Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.

  2. Clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box, and then click Save.

Turn off AutoPlay for only one type of media

  1. Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.

  2. In the list next to each type of media that you don’t want to be asked about, select Take no action, and then click Save.

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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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