Microsoft Windows Vista Auto Play option

Microsoft Windows Vista has a Auto Play option in the Control Panel section. The option displays a windows as shown below

Using this the users can configure Auto Play feature and they can choose what happens when a media or device is inserted in to the system.  Media includes Audio CD, Enhanced audio CD, DVD Movie, HD DVD Movie and others.

The type of options they can choose for Media or Device are

Ask me every time, Take no action, Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer and if it is DVD media type then it lists down options like Play DVD Video using HP DVD Play or Play DVD using Power Cinema e.t.c

This also has a feature to Reset all defaults if the users want to revert to the original system settings.

A good feature to have !!!


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Ravi Shankar

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  • David Isenberg October 10, 2007, 9:47 am

    I have Windows Vista Ultimate. My auto Play doesn’t work half of the time. When I place a thumb drive into the USB port the menu doesn’t appear. Nor does it work when I place a digital camera memory card in its slot. I have called Dell many many times, they can’t solve the problem. Are there any suggestions??? Dell hasn’t been able to help, can you???

  • Walt November 24, 2007, 6:24 am

    did you ever figure out how to get the autoplay window to popup every time? I just got a DELL and now I don’t get the pop up to work anymore. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Jack December 6, 2007, 10:07 pm

    Add Toshiba to the list. My autoplay quit functioning. No menu, no nothing. I’ve tried resetting options to no avail. Any ideas other than switching to Linux or Mac?

  • dal March 14, 2008, 2:42 am

    My Sony Vaio is haveing the same problem?? why is this.. it used to work.. now it just stopped?? why is thaat.. please help us.. my Sony Vaio laptop is Windows Vista home premium. thnxx

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