When you insert a portable device such as a CD, DVD, or memory card into your computer, you’ll generally see Windows’ “AutoPlay” popup. AutoPlay detects the kind of disc or publishing you have inserted and naturally takes whatever action you request. But if you find the feature annoying, you can disable AutoPlay very simple in Windows 10. Using this article we know how to Enable, Disable, and Customize AutoPlay in Windows 10.
Enable or Disable AutoPlay in Settings
Open the “Settings” app, and click on the “Devices” icon.
Click on “AutoPlay” on the left side, and switch on/off “Use AutoPlay for all media and tool.” With this switched off, you will never see the AutoPlay window pop up.
However, you can also leave AutoPlay on, and modify how it works. Under “Choose AutoPlay Defaults”, select the what action you want AutoPlay to perform when you associated each type of media or device. It could be a flash drive, memory card, or your smartphone. For each, you get the option like “Open folder to view files”, “Import photos or videos”, “Configure this drive for backup”, or—of course–“Take no action”. That way, you can “turn off” AutoPlay for convinced types of devices by having it take no action, but escape it on for other devices.
You can also media and hold the Shift key when you embed a device to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default context.
Enable or Disable AutoPlay in Control Panel
Windows 10’s “Settings” app lets you configure AutoPlay for some types of media but not others. If you want finer management over devices like audio CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, or SuperVideo, you might want to rearrange AutoPlay settings from the Control Panel instead.
Open the Control Panel, and from the “icons view”, click the “AutoPlay” icon.
Check (or uncheck) the-the “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” box to swing AutoPlay on or off. If you want it on, elite the default action for each type of media and device listed below it. You’ll get the same choices you get in the Settings app, like “Open folder to view files”, “Import photos or videos”, “Configure this drive for backup”, or “Take no action”. At the bottom of this page is a “Reset all defaults” button to return all the settings to their default state.
The AutoPlay window looks very nearly identical in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. In Windows 7, you have a list of all the types of media for which you can set the AutoPlay attitude. In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, you have the same list, but with a few more types of media convenient for configuration. For example, you can set AutoPlay behavior for removable drives and camera storage while Windows 7 doesn’t include this kind of media.
Disable AutoPlay Using the Group Policy Editor
Most people can disable AutoPlay from the Settings or Control Panel, and they won’t need any further options. However, if you have Windows 10 Pro and want to disable AutoPlay for various users on the same computer, you can disable it through the Group behavior, Editor.
Press “Win + R” to open the Run box and type “gpedit.msc.” Under “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components”, click “AutoPlay Policies”.
In the right-hand side fine points pane, double-click “Turn off AutoPlay” to open the feature box. Click “Enabled,” and then select “All drives” in the “Turn off AutoPlay” on a box to disable AutoPlay on all drives or choose choose “CD-ROM and removable media drives” to disable AutoPlay on these medias.
Turning off AutoPlay is incredibly easy, but if you take the time to construct it, it can be a pretty helpful feature. Note, however, that the most secure option is to set AutoPlay set to “Ask me every time” if you prefer to keep AutoPlay enabled. This way nothing will automatically open. But if you trust all you plug into your computer, AutoPlay can be quite acceptable.