AutoPlay is the menu that pops up when you insert a CD/DVD into the optical drive of your machine, when you connect a USB drive or any other device that has some sort of accessible storage space, be it writable or read only.
The AutoPlay menu asks when you connect a device or insert a storage media how you want Windows to treat it. It will then remember your selected option and apply it the next time it detects the same device or media type.
Because the AutoPlay menu is somewhat intrusive, appearing on top of everything you’re doing just like any other notification, we sometimes tend to select an action just to make the pop-up go away. This can lead to choosing the wrong action for that device or media type.
Some applications can also disable the AutoPlay feature. For example, VMWare Workstation will completely disable AutoPlay functions when a virtual machine is running and enable them back when the guest machine is stopped. The problem is that most application that alter these settings leave them like that after usage or even after uninstalling them.
If you’re facing issues with the AutoPlay menu in Windows 10 follow the instructions below to fix or reset them to their default values.
1. AutoPlay options in Settings
The first place to look for Windows 10 configuration options is the Settings menu. This can be found by accessing the Start menu or under the All apps list. Once the Settings windows is opened select the Devices category and choose AutoPlay from the left side menu.
At the top you’ll find a master switch for the AutoPlay feature which needs to be enabled for the pop-up menu to work. Under this switch there’s a list with the most common devices connected in the past and the default actions set for them.
The Removable drive listing is the general option for storage devices, including CDs and DVDs. I recommend setting this to Ask me every time for the menu to appear each time you connect or insert a storage device.
Please note that the Removable drive listing refers only to storage devices, CDs and DVDs that contain general data files only. The settings set here will not apply to audio CDs, video DVDs or to those that have an autorun file. For more advanced options check the section below.
2. AutoPlay options in Control Panel
Even though Microsoft is slowly moving to the Settings menu as the default one for Windows options, the classic Control Panel is still the one that includes all the options for Windows features. To open it right click on the Start menu button and select Control Panel. You can also type Control Panel in Windows search and open it from there. In the top right corner change the View by option to Large icons and then open the AutoPlay category.
At the top of the resulting window you’ll find the same master switch found in the Settings menu for enabling or disabling the AutoPlay feature but this time the list that’s found under offers more options.
Scrolling down through this list will uncover AutoPlay options for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and CDs. These categories are split into multiple subcategories depending on the type of data stored on the optical discs. For example you can set default settings for video DVDs, video Blu-ray discs, audio and video CDs and so on.
Please review in detail each of these options and select the appropriate actions for the different disc types. If you want the AutoPlay menu to pop-up each time you insert an optical disc into your machine just choose Ask me every time for all of them.
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After you made all the necessary changes just click the Save button at the bottom to save and apply these changes.