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Disable AutoPlay

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Don't like the idea that the CD you just put into your computer will start automatically? This feature is called AutoPlay. It can be very useful for installing CD-ROM software, as the installation can be as easy as one click.

This How-To Article shows you how you can disable the AutoPlay feature.

Disable AutoPlay

Tip: To disable AutoPlay just for a certain CD, hold down the "Shift" key while inserting a CD.

1. Right-click the My Computer icon from the Desktop.

2. Click the "Device Manager" tab.

3. Click the "+" sign next to the "CDROM" text in the list.

4. Click the item that is displayed below the "CDROM" text.

Tip: If more than one CD-ROM drive is displayed when you click the "+" sign, click the CD drive that you use. Click the drive that you use when you place CDs into your computer.

5. Click the "Properties" button.

6. Click the "Settings" tab.

7. Uncheck the "Auto insert notification" check box.

Tip: To enable AutoPlay again, just check the "Auto insert notification" check box again.

8. Click OK.

9. Click OK.

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