Method of disabling AutoPlay function on Windows® XP®
What is AutoPlay? How do you disable AutoPlay on Windows XP?
Windows XP includes an AutoPlay feature. This feature allows your CD-ROMs to start playing automatically when they are inserted. This may be applicable when you insert an audio CD or a data CD. With this feature, when you insert an audio CD, the first song will automatically play. When you insert a data CD, you may see programs that launch an installation screen. AutoPlay can be beneficial, or it can be rather annoying depending on the circumstances. For instance, if you use a CD burner to make a copy of a CD, and AutoPlay function initiates it, then the entire copy process may halt and it will destroy your destination disc. Sometimes you may need to disable AutoPlay on your Windows XP Operating System in order to meet your specific needs.
Methods to disable AutoPlay on a Windows XP system:
- Disable using Windows Explorer
- Disable AutoPlay on CD drive and other drives
- Temporarily disable AutoPlay
Disable through Windows Explorer
In order to disable AutoPlay on Windows XP, you need to open 'My Computer' or 'Windows Explorer'. You need to right-click the CD-ROM drive and press 'Properties'. After that, you can click 'AutoPlay' tab. Within this section you will be able to specify all Windows AutoPlay features, and you can disable the drive that does not need to process the AutoPlay function.
Disable AutoPlay on CD drive and other drives
Download and install TweakUI. After installing TweakUI, you will get a number of options. For your current issue, you need to open 'My Computer', and then you can run AutoPlay. You can click on 'Drives' and there you need to uncheck the drive that you no longer want the AutoPlay function on. After that, press 'Apply'. By doing this, can disable AutoPlay.
You can even temporarily disable AutoPlay on Windows XP. This can be done by holding down the left Shift key when the CD begins to run. Also, in addition if you want to browse the contents of the CD, you can just open 'My Computer', right-click the CD-ROM drive and choose 'Explore'.
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