When you insert a CD or DVD into the disc drive on your Windows 7 computer, it probably launches a program based on the type of media on the disc. This might be a music player if there are audio files on the disc, or it could be a DVD player if it’s a movie.
But you may find that Windows is often selecting a different program than the one you want, or you might simply prefer to select a program yourself.
This automatic playing of your media is called AutoPlay, and it’s something that you can turn off. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the AutoPlay setting so that you can disable it for any media that you attach to your computer.
How to Disable the Autoplay Feature in Windows 7
The steps in this article were performed in Windows 7. By completing the steps in this guide you will be changing a setting on your computer so that it no longer autoplays media that you insert into a USB port or your disc drive.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select the Default Programs option in the right column. If you don’t see that option there, then type “default programs” into the search field and press Enter.
Step 3: Click the Change AutoPlay settings link.
Step 4: Click the box to the left of Use AutoPlay for all media and devices to remove the check mark, then click the Save button at the bottom of the window.
Now that you know how to turn off Autoplay in Windows 7, you will be able to control when discs play that you insert into a drive on the computer.
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