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Enable or disable autoplay in Windows 10: Autoplay allows you to choose different actions for when you insert a removable device, such as a CD, DVD, or memory card, into your PC. One of the best things about Windows 10 is that it allows you to set the default AutoPlay for different types of media. AutoPlay detects the type of media you have on the disc and automatically opens the program that you have set as the default AutoPlay for that particular media. For example, if you have a DVD disc that contains photos, you can set the default AutoPlay to open the disc in File Explorer to view media files.


Similarly, the autoplay function allows you to choose the program to use for the type of media in question, such as a DVD or CD containing photos, songs, videos, etc. Also, don't confuse AutoPlay with AutoRun as they are both very different and serve different purposes, however, if AutoPlay bothers you, there are several ways to easily disable it. So without wasting time let's see how to enable or disable autoplay in Windows 10 with the help of the tutorial below.

How to turn autoplay on or off in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Turn AutoPlay On or Off in Windows 10 Settings

1.Press Windows key + I to open Settings and then click Devices.


2.Now, in the menu on the left, click AutoPlay.

3.Then turn off the "Use autoplay for all media and devices" toggle to disable the autoplay function.


4.In case you need to activate auto play, just turn the lever to ON.

5.Restart your PC to save the changes.

Method 2: Turn AutoPlay On or Off in Control Panel

1.Type the control in Windows Search and then click Control Panel from the search result.


2.Now click on "Hardware and Sound" and then click on "AutoPlay".


3.If you want to Enable AutoPlay then check "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" and in case you need to disable it and then just uncheck it and click Save.


Note: You can click the "Reset all defaults" button at the bottom to quickly set "Choose a default" as the autoplay default for all media and devices.


4.Restart your PC to save the changes.

This is how you turn autoplay on or off in Windows 10, but if this method doesn't work for you, then proceed to the next method.

Method 3: turn autoplay on or off in the registry

1.Press Windows key + R, then type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.


2.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER_SOFTWARENMicrosoftWindowsNCurrent VersionN-ExplorerN-AutoplayHandlers

3. Make sure AutoplayHandlers is selected and then in the right pane of the window double-click DisableAutoplay.


4.Now change its value to the following as per your choice and then click OK:

Disable AutoPlay: 1 Enable AutoPlay: 0


5.Close everything and restart your PC to save the changes.

Method 4: Enable or Disable AutoPlay in Group Policy Editor

Note: This method will not work for Windows 10 Home Edition users.

1.Press Windows key + R, then type gpedit.msc and press Enter.


2.Navigate to the following policy:

Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Autorun Policies

3.Select AutoPlay Policies and then in the right pane of the window double click on "Disable AutoPlay".


4.To enable autoplay, simply check the "Disabled" box and click OK.

5.To disable AutoPlay, check the "Enabled" box and select "All Drives" from the "Disable AutoPlay" drop-down menu.


6. Click Apply and then OK.

7.Restart your PC to save the changes.

That's it, you've learned how to turn autoplay on or off in Windows 10, but if you still have any questions about this tutorial, feel free to ask them in the comment section.