How to enable, configure and set AutoPlay defaults in Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you easily set the AutoPlay defaults for media, devices & folders via the Settings app. The Windows AutoPlay feature  is a nice feature for users when they insert media via CD\DVD, USB or Media Cards. AutoPlay lets you choose which program to use to start different kinds of media, such as DVD, CD, etc, containing music, video, photo, etc. AutoPlay is different from AutoRun. Autorun is used to start some programs or enhanced media content automatically when you insert a CD, DVD or another media type into your computer.

Set AutoPlay defaults in Windows 10


While you can enable or disable AutoPlay using Control panel, Group Policy, or Reistry Editor, Windows 10 lets you enable, disable and set AutoPlay defaults easily via the Settings app.

Open Settings app and click on Devices. Select AutoPlay from the left side.

To enable AutoPlay, move the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices button to On.

Next you can choose and set your AutoPlay defaults.

For Removable drives, the following options are available from the drop-down menu:

  1. Take no action
  2. Open folder to view files
  3. Ask me every time
  4. Configure this drive for backup (File History)
  5. Configure storage settings (Settings).

For Memory Cards, the options available are:

  1. Play video files using alernate software
  2. Play useing Windows Media Player
  3. Take no action
  4. Open folder to view files
  5. Ask me every time.

Set your options and exit.

Configure AutoPlay defaults via Control Panel

There is another way, and that is via the Control Panel. Open Control Panel > AutoPlay.


Here you will be able to configure your AutoPlay settings for each media.

If you wish, you can prevent AutoPlay from remembering User Choice in Windows.

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  1. Don Trump

    Autoplay also enables virus infection from infected media. Beware of any media you insert when autoplay is on.

  2. jim flynn

    autoplay/autorun is not working despite trying various advices and trying to get in touch with microsoft is a long waste of time and their sites are so convoluted, you need to be a university don to understand them

  3. patsi2

    since i changed to windows 10 i can’t play cds anymore. it doesn’t default from windows media player, nor can i burn cds.

  4. Bruce Kjeldsen of Rhododendron

    Windows 10 has been a disaster. All my files were set to read only and when I uncheck that box in properties, it re-checks that box on its own. Command prompt can’t change the attributes either. I want to bring back Window 9. How can I do that?

  5. EdwardWJones

    The windows 7 auto play is much better than the windows 10 one. Is there a way to install the autoplay software from 7 onto windows 10

  6. Adrian Santangelo

    You can bring back the previous version (either Windows 7 or 8 – there is no 9) within 30 days and assuming the “Windows.old” folder hasn’t been removed. Open the Start menu and select Settings. Click the “Update & security” icon and select “Recovery.” You should see a “Go back to Windows 7” or “Go back to Windows 8.1” option. Click the Get started button to get rid of your Windows 10 install and restore your previous Windows install. Microsoft will ask you why you want to go back. Hopefully it will “just work” after that.

  7. Adrian Santangelo

    Unfortunately there is not – the autoplay feature is integrated into the operating system and not something that can be triggered differently.

  8. Adrian Santangelo

    Try a different piece of software. I’d recommend VLC ( for multimedia playback and CDBurnerXP for burning anything. (Don’t let the name fool you. It works flawlessly in Windows 10.)

  9. Thomas de Kimpe

    I have problems with CD’s with autoplay. It isn’t working for me. I even don’t get the masige that i insurted a disc. Can i please be helpt?

  10. Thomas de Kimpe

    O, I just tested it and it seems like none of the autoplay features work.

  11. Thomas de Kimpe

    I have nodist that the “Ask me eveytime” option doesn’t work. Is this a bug?

  12. Thomas de Kimpe

    Whay do i not have a autoplay option for CD?

  13. zirtoc

    When I plug my camera into the USB port, I want Lightroom to open. But that is not an Autoplay option. Is there some way I can get it to do that?

  14. Iconoclaster

    Missing hint: to access full Control Panel ( > Hardware and Sound > Autoplay) as in picture, we have to: 1. type “Panel…” in Start/Cortana and select Control Panel, or 2. WIN+X and select Control Panel from menu, or 3. right click on Windows icon in the bottom left and select Control Panel from menu

  15. I have disabled autorun in windows 10 and i still got a virus (win32:sality) from a pendrive.

  16. Al Howard, Derry, NH

    Is there a way to stop sites form starting audio and/or video clips, until I want them to start?

  17. You can use a plugin or do it via your browsers settings. Stay tuned, we will post about this in the next few days.

  18. Al Howard, Derry, NH

    OK, I’ve been trying and getting very annoyed at the likes of Yahoo News and CNET. When I click in a story, the new window starts the video before I am ready to view it.

  19. Timothy Burgess

    Hi guys,

    I would very appreciate your expertise/help. You appear to be AutoPlay experts & stuck on this one.

    Microsoft can’t help so just looking to see if someone can help me with this AutoPlay/Remote Desktop issue.

    I have 2 PCs connected via RemoteDesktop on a LAN running Win10Pro (pcA & pcB).

    pcA is controlling pcB using RemoteDesktop.

    If I connect a card reader into pcB, whilst connected via RemoteDesktop from pcA to pcB, AutoPlay on pcB does not work. Specifically the AutoPlay program that is associated with plugging in CF card does not AutoPlay (open).

    I can right click in WindowsExplorer & choose AutoPlay on pcB (over RemoteDesktop) & everythings works fine. & everything works fine with the same action but when controlling pcB with a local mouse.

    It’s an issue with AutoPlay & RemoteDesktop.

    Any help much appreciated.
    Thanks so much.


  20. John Harkins

    I thought the golden rule in operating systems was upgrades should be upward compatible. Not with Windows 10 Media Player! None of of my 1000’s of wma formatted songs downloaded from 100’s of CDs previously under Microsoft 7 will play under the great Windows 10. If there was an easy solution, we would have it already?

  21. Michael

    I was using VLC and it was not very good. I uninstalled it and installed the windows DVD player but can’t change the auto play? I have no optical drive and just use .iso files.

  22. MKSlinky

    There is! It’s called VLC Media Player, it will play anything 🙂

  23. freonpsandoz

    There seems to be no way to choose a ripping app (e.g. EAC) to run when an audio CD is loaded. All you can choose is a music player. I want to play an audio CD on my computer with a music player approximately 0.00% of the time.

  24. The Large

    The problem does not go away by changing you default CD-player. And the problem is not that your autoplay-setting is not set on “on”. I’ve been playing around with computers for 30 years and I’ve really witnessed quite a downfall in terms of user-friendliness.

  25. The Large

    The problem with these help forums (e.g. Chrome/Google) is that their answers are like this: »Is your autoplay setting as “ON”?» Yes, it is at on, goddamn it. THAT is the problem!

  26. The Large

    There’s something really badly wrong this whole world. It’s almost as if they were making all things crappy on purpose now.

  27. The Large

    Does not work. The problem is not that we can’t set autoplay on — the problem is that autoplay does not work. I tried three different programs (Windows Media Player, Groove Music and CyberLink Power Media Player 14) and neither of them managed to autoplay my CDs.

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