Microsoft Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000) allow users to set specific AutoPlay settings for discs and removable drives. Depending on the media type(s) present on inserted discs/drives, users can customise the default action (if any) for Windows to perform. Depending on your preference, you can set DVDs to automatically open in a specific program (such as Windows Media Player, classic or normal view) or to not load at all until a program is manually opened. Modifying your computer's AutoPlay settings is a simple operation.
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Click on Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound, then click on "AutoPlay."
Open the drop down menu for "DVD movie" and/or "Enhanced DVD movie" (Enhanced DVDs are discs that include interactivity and links to relevant websites) then select "Play DVD using Windows Media Player."
Click "Save" to save your AutoPlay settings. Windows Media Player will now load and play your DVD movie as soon as it is inserted.
Click on Start > My Computer, then right click on the desired CD/DVD drive and select "Properties."
Open the "AutoPlay" tab, then select "DVD movie" from the drop down menu.
Click on "Select an action to perform," then click on "Play DVD Video using Windows Media Player." Windows Media Player will now be initialised as soon as a DVD movie is inserted.
Tips and warnings
- In Windows XP, AutoPlay settings are not automatically universal. AutoPlay settings need to be changed for each individual disc drive in order to make them universal.
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