How do you want to use this disc? How you can disable this prompt

Matthew Adams By: Matthew Adams
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4 solutions to remove ‘How do you want to use this disc?’ alerts

  1. Turn Off AutoPlay via Settings
  2. Turn Off AutoPlay via the Control Panel
  3. Select Take no Action for Blank CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc
  4. Select Other AutoPlay Settings

The Burn a Disc window opens whenever you select a blank disc in File Explorer. That window includes a prompt which asks, “How do you want to use this disc?” Then you can select to utilize the disc with a CD/DVD player or like a USB flash drive.

Some users have stated in forums that the above prompt automatically pops up whenever they insert a blank CD or DVD. Thus, those users wonder how they can disable that prompt so it doesn’t open when they insert blank CDs or DVDs. The “use this disc” prompt automatically appears in Windows with AutoPlay configured to burn files to disc when you insert a blank CD or DVD.

AutoPlay enables you to select a program to automatically start various types of media formats. As such, various windows and prompts might automatically open with AutoPlay turned on. That includes File Explorer’s Burn a Disc window which asks, “How do you want to use this disc?” So you can stop the “use this disc” prompt popping up when you insert blank CDs or DVDs by turning AutoPlay off.

How do you want to use this disc? 4 steps to disable this alert

Method 1: Turn Off AutoPlay via Settings

  • You can turn AutoPlay off with the Windows 10 Settings app. To do that, click Cortana’s Type here to search button on the taskbar.
  • Enter the keyword ‘AutoPlay’ in the search box.
  • Click AutoPlay settings to open the window shown directly below.

  • Toggle the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option off.

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Method 2: Turn Off AutoPlay via the Control Panel

  • You can turn off AutoPlay in other Windows platforms via the Control Panel. First, open Run by pressing the Windows key + R hotkey.
  • Enter ‘Control Panel’ in Run’s text box, and press the OK button.
  • Click AutoPlay to open the Control Panel applet shown directly below.

  • Deselect the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option.
  • Press the Save button to apply the new setting.

Method 3: Select Take no Action for Blank CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc

  • Alternatively, you can still stop the “use this disc” prompt automatically popping up with AutoPlay left on. To do so, scroll down the AutoPlay Control Panel applet and click the Blank DVD drop-down menu shown directly below.

  • Windows might be configured to burn files to disc when you insert blank DVDs. Select the Take no action option from the drop-down menu instead.
  • If the “use this disc” prompt pops up when you insert blank CDs, click the Blank CD drop-down menu.

  • Then select the Take no action option.
  • Press the Save button. Nothing will happen now when you insert blank CDs or DVDs.

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Method 4: Select Other AutoPlay Settings

Alternatively, you can select alternative AutoPlay settings for blank DVDs, CDs and other media formats. For example, you could select Ask me every time for both blank CDs and DVDs. Then you’ll see a Select what happens box appear at the bottom right of the Windows desktop when you insert a CD or DVD. Clicking that box will open the window below from which you can choose what to do with the disc.

Or you can select Burn an audio CD, Make Data Disc or Make Audio CD options on the Blank CD drop-down menu. Selecting any of those settings will automatically open the software required for each option when you insert a disc. For example, Windows Media Player will automatically open with Burn an audio CD selected.

So that’s how you can stop the “use this disc” prompt automatically opening when you insert blank DVDs and CDs. Note that the “use this disc” prompt will still open when you click the CD or DVD within File Explorer.

Remember that no media software will automatically open for DVDs or CDs with AutoPlay off, so some users might prefer to configure its settings via Control Panel.

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