How to Turn on AutoPlay for USB Drives

In Windows 7 and Vista, the AutoPlay feature runs automatically when you connect devices to your computer and begins to play media such as music, images and videos. If the AutoPlay feature is disabled, Windows prompts you to select the program you want to use to play media content. For USB drives such as flash drives and external hard drives, enabling AutoPlay plays stored content automatically, saving you the trouble of doing it manually through Windows Explorer. Enable AutoPlay for USB drives in minutes.


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      Launch the AutoPlay settings by clicking the "Start" menu, clicking the "Control Panel," clicking "Hardware and sound," and then clicking "AutoPlay."

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      Turn on AutoPlay by selecting the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" check-boxes. Click the "Save" button to save your changes.

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      Test your changes by connecting a USB device such as a flash drive or external hard drive to your computer.

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