How to Manage Windows 10, 8.1 Autoplay Settings

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Just like with previous Windows version, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 also have the Autoplay feature. But if you want to be in control and be able to turn it off or change settings to play DVD, for example, then you need to read the following easy tips on how to access it.
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Albeit it has undergone a visual makeover with the launch of Windows 8 and some improvements with the release of Windows 8.1, the AutoPlay feature has basically remained the same, popping out a notification whenever you insert a CD or DVD, or even a USB stick. If you were wondering how to access its settings in order to turn it off or to further tweak it, here’s our step-by-step guide for that. Again, I repeat, this type of guides are for those who’re new to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and need some help with tasks that might seem quite simple for those already acquainted with the new version.

How to enable AutoPlay in Windows 10

So, let’s have a look at the steps that you need to take to get to the AutoPlay feature and how to understand its settings once you’re there.

1. Open up the Charms Bar by swiping to the top right corner (by moving your mouse or swiping your finger) or by pressing the Windows logo + W key. Type there ‘PC Settings‘.

windows 8.1 autoplay change settings

  • On Windows 10 you need to do the following steps: Hit the Windows Logo on your keyboard to open the Start Menu and you can type Settings in the search box

2. From there, go to ‘PC and Devices‘ sub-menu.

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  • On Windows 10, after you hit the Settings button, a new window will open and from there simply go to Devices

3. From the ‘PC and Devices’ menu, choose ‘AutoPlay‘.

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  • For Windows 10 users, the AutoPlay tab can be found if you scroll down a bit in the list, basically nothing has changed.

4. Here, you can tweak the settings as you please. If would like AutoPlay to stop notifiying you, you can easily turn it off. Next, you will have a list with all the external drives that you have connect. As you will see in my case, I have there a removable drive, memory card, a music player, my smartphone and my digital camera. According to the type of the device, you can enable various actions to take place. For example, for a USB drive, you can choose from the following:

autoplay in windows 8.1 In Windows 10 you can follow the same steps as shown above in the picture

  • open folder to view files
  • configure this drive for backup
  • take no action
  • ask me every time

For a memory card:

  • play video files (with the video media player that you have installed)
  • import photos and videos
  • play
  • take no action
  • ask me every time
  • play music files

For smartphones:

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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