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How to Disable or Enable AutoPlay in Windows 10

AutoPlay is a special feature of the shell which allows the user to quickly pick a desired action for various media types you have connected or attached to your computer. You can configure it to open your favorite image viewer app when you insert a disk with photos, or launch a media player app automatically for your drive containing media files. It saves your time, since the required app starts automatically every time you connect your device or insert your disk.

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In Windows 10, there are different ways to enable or disable AutoPlay. It can be done using Settings, the classic Control Panel or the Registry. Let's review these methods.

Disable or Enable AutoPlay using Settings

To disable AutoPlay in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Devices -> AutoPlay.
  3. On the right, turn off the option "Use AutoPlay for all media" and you are done.Windows 10 Disable Autoplay Settings

To enable AutoPlay in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Devices -> AutoPlay.
  3. On the right, turn on the option "Use AutoPlay for all media".Windows 10 Enable Autoplay Settings
  4. Under Choose AutoPlay defaults, configure the desired action for each media type.Windows 10 Change Autoplay For Device Settings

Tip: It is also possible to hide or show some pages from the Settings app.

Configure AutoPlay with the classic Control Panel

  1. Open the classic Control Panel app.
  2. Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\AutoPlay.
  3. To disable AutoPlay, uncheck the option Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.Windows 10 Disable Autoplay Control Panel
  4. To enable AutoPlay, turn on the option Use AutoPlay for all media and devices and select the desired action for each media type for each item listed below.Windows 10 Enable Autoplay Control Panel
  5. You can use the Reset all defaults button to quickly reset all actions and set them to their default values.Windows 10 Reset Autoplay Control Panel

Tip: You can pin Control Panel applets to the taskbar to access frequently used settings faster.

Disable AutoPlay using a Registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value "DisableAutoplay". Set it to 1.Registry Autoplay New 32 Bit DwordRegistry Disable Autoplay
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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