Autoplay not working in Windows 10 [COMPLETE GUIDE]

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Autoplay can be a useful feature, but it appears that Windows 10 users are having some issues with it. According to users, Autoplay isn’t working on Windows 10 for some strange reason, so is there a way to fix it?

There is a way to fix it, and we’re going to show you exactly how, in this article.

How can I fix Autoplay if it isn’t working in Windows 10?

There are various problems with Autoplay that can occur, and in this article, we’re going to cover the following issues:

  • Autoplay not working when the camera is connected, external hard drive, pen drive – Many users reported that the Autoplay feature isn’t working on their PC. According to them, this problem affects cameras, external hard drives, pen drives, as well as other removable storage.
  • Autoplay enabled but not working – Users reported that the Autoplay feature is enabled on their PC, but it’s not working for some reason. If you have that problem, you might be able to solve it with one of our solutions.
  • DVD ROM, removable disk Autoplay not working – This problem can also appear with DVD and removable disks. There are a few ways to fix this problem, so be sure to try out the solutions from this article.
  • USB Autoplay not working Windows 10 – This is a relatively common problem with USB devices and Windows 10. However, this isn’t a major issue and it can be easily resolved.
  • Autoplay not working SD card Windows 10 – Users reported that the Autoplay feature isn’t working with their SD card. This can be a problem if you want to transfer pictures from your digital camera to your PC.

1) Reset the Autoplay settings

So, the first thing we’re going to try is resetting the Autoplay settings in Windows 10. If you’re not sure how to do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter the Control Panel. Now select Control Panel from the list of results.
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  2. When Control Panel opens, click on AutoPlay.
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  3. In AutoPlay settings make sure that you check Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
  4. Next, click the Reset all defaults button. Your Autoplay settings should be reset to default.
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You can also change your Autoplay settings from the Settings app. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. When the Settings app opens, go to Devices section.
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  3. Select AutoPlay from the menu on the left and in the right pane select Ask me every time for both Removable drive and Memory card.
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After making these changes, check if Autoplay is working again.


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2) Check Registry Editor values

Windows 10 manages Autoplay settings using the registry and speaking of the registry, there’s one specific key that is in charge of Autoplay settings.

Sometimes this key can be changed when you install new antivirus software, so let’s check this key and see if it has been changed:

  1. Open Registry Editor. You can open Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R and typing regedit. After typing regedit press Enter to run it.
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  2. When Registry Editor opens in the left pane navigate to the following registry key:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

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  3. Find the NoDriveTypeAutoRun value name in the right pane and double click it.
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  4. If the data is not 0x00000091 (145), set Value data to 91. Click OK to save changes.
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  5. Now go to the following key in the right pane:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
  6. Search for NoDriveTypeAutoRun value. If that value exists change its data like we explained in steps 4-6 using the same numbers.

If you can’t find the values we mentioned in Step 7 and Step 8, don’t worry. This is actually a good thing, and it means that those values weren’t changed.

If changing the registry seems a bit complicated, you can just download .reg files, execute them and add changes to the registry automatically. Just download these files:

After downloading them, just run them both to add them to the registry. We also have to mention that there’s one more value in Registry Editor that can cause Autoplay issues on Windows 10.

  1. Follow Steps 1 to 3 from this solution to open Registry Editor and to navigate to Explorer key.
  2. Now in the right panel, there should be NoDriveAutoRun value. This value can sometimes affect Autoplay options if it’s not set to 0, so double click it.
  3. Now set the Value data to 0 and click OK to save changes.
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After you’ve made changes to the Registry, restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

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3) Check Shell Hardware Detection Service

Shell Hardware Detection Service is in charge of Autoplay functions and if Autoplay isn’t working on Windows 10, maybe Shell Hardware Detection Service isn’t running, as well, so let’s see if we can fix that:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter to run it.
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  2. When the Services window opens locate the Shell Hardware Detection and double click it to open its properties.
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  3. Now locate the Startup type section and from the dropdown choose Automatic.
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  4. If the service isn’t running click Start and then OK to save changes.

After changing the startup type of this service, the problem should be resolved.

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4) Change notification settings

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by changing your notification settings. Users reported that their AutoPlay notifications were disabled and that caused this error to appear. To fix the issue, you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the System section.
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  2. In the menu on the left select Notifications & actions. In the right panel, scroll down to the Get notifications from these senders section. Now locate AutoPlay and make sure that it’s enabled. If not, be sure to enable it.
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Once you made these changes, check if the problem with AutoPlay still persists.


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5) Make changes to the Group Policy

Another way to fix this issue is to make changes to Group Policy. Group Policy is a useful tool that allows you to configure various system settings. To start Group Policy Editor and fix Autoplay issues, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. In the left pane, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Autoplay Policies. In the left pane, locate and double click on Turn off Autoplay.
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  3. Select Disabled from the menu and click on Apply and OK.
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After making these changes, the problem should be resolved and AutoPlay will start working again. Few users reported that they had to change this setting for User Configuration instead of Computer Configuration.

To do that, you need to repeat the same steps, but instead of going to the Computer Configuration, you need to go to the User Configuration section and follow the instructions above.

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6) Disconnect all USB devices

According to users, if Autoplay is not working, the problem might be your USB devices. Users reported that they had a connected USB flash drive that caused this problem to appear.

According to them, the drive was used as a SpeedBoost drive, and while the drive was connected the Autoplay didn’t work with cameras and other devices.

After disconnecting the flash drive the issue was resolved and Autoplay started working for all devices.


7) Use Command Prompt

If Autoplay is not working on your PC, you might be able to fix it simply by using Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list. If Command Prompt isn’t available, you can use PowerShell (Admin) instead.
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  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter net start shellhwdetection command and press Enter to run it.
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After running this command, you just have to restart your PC and the problem should be completely resolved.


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8) Turn Autoplay off and on

If you still have problems with Autoplay, you might be able to fix them simply by turning Autoplay off and turning it back on again. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Devices > AutoPlay.
  2. In the right pane, locate Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option and turn it off.
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  3. Wait for a couple of moments and turn this feature back on again.

You can also turn this feature off from Control Panel. To do that, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel and go to the AutoPlay section.
  2. When the AutoPlay window opens, uncheck Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
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  3. Wait for a few moments and turn this option back on again.

Both of these methods will disable the Autoplay feature, so feel free to use any of them.

After doing that, check if Autoplay is working on your PC. Few users are suggesting to restart your PC after you turn off the AutoPlay feature, so you might want to try that as well.


9) Install the latest updates

If you still have this problem, you might be able to solve it by installing the latest updates. Windows 10 usually installs updates automatically, but sometimes you might skip an important update.

If this happens, you can check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Update & Security section.
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  2. Now click on Check for updates button.

If any updates are available, Windows will install them in the background. After your Windows 10 is up to date, check if the issue still persists.


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That’s about it, we hope at least one of these solutions helped you to solve the problem with Autoplay in Windows 10.

As always, leave all your questions and suggestions in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Autoplay in Windows 10

  • How do I get AutoPlay to work?

Open the Settings app -> Devices. Then, select Autoplay from the left side and switch Use Autoplay for all media and devices to On. If the feature won’t work, here’s what to do.

  • What do I do if AutoPlay does not appear?

Open the Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound ->AutoPlay and check the option Use Autoplay for media and devices. If you cannot access the Control Panel, check out this step-by-step guide.

  • How do I get my Windows 10 to play dvds automatically?

Launch the media player and insert a DVD. If it does not work automatically, select Open Disc, and choose DVD. If you’re having issues with the DVD drive, check out this article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Tried everything here. Autoplay DVDs still does not work. This was an upgrade and i heard that it will never work, even with extensive Red edits on an upgrade. But claims are it will work on a clean install. This is a defective operating system if you cannot even play DVDs.
    So you should begin with “None of these solutions will work if you did an upgrade rather than clean install”.

  • The bigger issue is that AutoPlay doesn’t work as it used to. Now it tried to treat all devices of a certain type the same way rather than providing an option each time one is plugged in.

    Is there any way to bring back the autoplay pop-up window (the “ask every time” one) that had been used from XP until the first version of Windows 10?

    When I enable the “ask every time” option all it does is ask once and then treat all devices of that type the same from that point on, requiring resetting the parameters each and every time in the Control Panel. I don’t want all devices of a certain type treated the same, I prefer to have a choice each time I plug a device in as each one contains different media and there are different things I want them to do.

    Is there a way to fix this unhelpful new feature?