AutoPlay (autorun) your USB Drive, External Harddrive

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Posted 14 Jan 2008 in Geek Girl

Geek GirlOne of the most common things computer users do is to disable AutoPlay (autorun) of their USB or external drive unintentionally – and they don’t know how to reset these settings!

What is AutoPlay (autorun) and why do I need it?

Autorun (sometimes spelled in CamelCase as AutoRun or AutoPlay) is the ability of many modern computer operating systems to automatically take some action upon the insertion of removable media such as a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or flash media.

Autorun is intended as a convenience feature: software distributed on a disc can automatically start an installer when the disc is inserted.

Autorun SettingsFollow these simple directions for Windows OS to reset your drive’s settings and begin using the AutoPlay (autorun) functionality again!

  1. In My Computer, right click on the drive you want to AutoPlay (it will not display if it is not plugged into your computer) and select AutoPlay.
  2. Choose the best option for you and press OK. Remember, there are several options available, including playing Media Files, copying pictures to your drive or if you have a program installed that can AutoPlay (autorun) such as Menu from If you need to reset your options, just follow these instructions again!

And that’s it!

Now, you can autorun your drive to your specifications and reset them easily if necessary!

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