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    AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 10

    information   Information
    AutoPlay lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, or DVDs. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don't have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off using AutoPlay for all media and devices in your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note

    • You will only see an AutoPlay notification when you have AutoPlay turned on and connect a device, media, or content that you chose Choose a default (default) or Ask me every time as its AutoPlay default.
    • You can turn off AutoPlay for specific media or devices by choosing Take no action as its AutoPlay default.
    • If you connect a storage device to your PC (for example, a USB flash drive or other external drive), that device won't appear under Devices in AutoPlay. AutoPlay will only show non-storage devices, such as some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones. You can view storage devices in the This PC window in File Explorer.
    • You can press and hold the Shift key when you insert devices or media into your PC to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default setting.


    CONTENTS:



    EXAMPLE: AutoPlay notification for "Ask me every time"
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    AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Settings app

    1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Turn On AutoPlay for all media and devices

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on AutoPlay on the left side, and turn on Use AutoPlay for all media and devices under AutoPlay on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Under Choose AutoPlay defaults on the right side, select the default action per listed media and device you want AutoPlay to perform when they are first connected, and go to step 5 below.

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     4. To Turn Off AutoPlay for all media and devices

    A) Click/tap on AutoPlay on the left side, turn off Use AutoPlay for all media and devices under AutoPlay on the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the AutoPlay icon.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Turn On AutoPlay for all media and devices

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Check the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices box. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select the default action per listed media and device you want AutoPlay to perform when they are first connected, and go to step 5 below.
    Tip   Tip
    You can click/tap on the Reset all defaults button at the bottom left corner to be able to quickly set Choose a default as the AutoPlay default for all media and devices.


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     4. To Turn Off AutoPlay for all media and devices

    A) Uncheck the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices box, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, click/tap on Save.

    6. You can now close the Control Panel if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #1

    I have followed this procedure and restarted my computer but autoplay still does not work. I had setup autoplay using the Control Panel before reading your instructions but decided to go to Settings and setup up Autoplay as well. Autoplay still does not work on my computer even after turning it on.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,447
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-11-03 #2

    Hello garthmicro,

    Please describe what you're doing and what happens when trying to get AutoPlay to work, and post screenshots showing all of your AutoPlay settings.

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #3

    Posting a couple photos showing autoplay settings.


    After resetting the computer as shown in the photos I restarted it and then tried plugging in an external USB hard drive. The computer finds the drive immediately but does not offer any autoplay options. When I use the hold down the shift key while plugging in the drive I still get no autoplay options popping up.

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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,447
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-11-03 #4

    In your bottom screenshot from the Control Panel, uncheck the "Choose what to do with each type of media" box under "Removable drives", and set "Removable drive" to "Ask me every time" from the drop down menu to see if that helps.

    In addition, test connecting it in different USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on the computer to see if it may work for some bot not others.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    In your bottom screenshot from the Control Panel, uncheck the "Choose what to do with each type of media" box under "Removable drives", and set "Removable drive" to "Ask me every time" from the drop down menu to see if that helps.

    In addition, test connecting it in different USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on the computer to see if it may work for some bot not others.
    I followed your instructions. And yes, I've been trying my hard drive with USB2.0 and USB3.0 ports. In each case Windows finds the drive but fails to prompt with any sort of Autoplay options.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,447
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-11-03 #6

    How does it work with a USB flash drive instead?

    Does the USB hard drive show as removable in Device Manager?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #7

    Yes, the hard drive shows up in Device Manager. The flash drive behaves the same as the hard drive. Windows finds it immediately and I can check the contents but no Autoplay prompting.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    How does it work with a USB flash drive instead?

    Does the USB hard drive show as removable in Device Manager?
    Also, Windows 10 Professional is up to date - no updates are available.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Professional
       2015-11-03 #9

    garthmicro said: View Post
    Yes, the hard drive shows up in Device Manager. The flash drive behaves the same as the hard drive. Windows finds it immediately and I can check the contents but no Autoplay prompting.
    Also, some other things that might be of interest, I have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 Pro. I did this twice and each time I had the same situation - autoplay didn't work. This is really the first time I've tried to to fix it. Also behaves the same way with memory cards from my camera and with DVDs and CDs. I can go to the DVD drive and right click and select Open Autoplay - that works fine, I get a menu for the DVD.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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