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How to Customize the AutoPlay in Window 10

Whenever we insert a removable media such as a CD, DVD, or SD card into our computer, an “AutoPlay” popup Windows appears. It identifies the type of removable media or disc we have inserted and automatically takes action. If this feature is irritating, then you can easily disable this option in Windows 10. In this article, you will learn that how to enable, disable and customize the autoplay in Window 10.

How to Customize the AutoPlay in Window 10:

Open the “Settings” of your Window 10; here you will find an icon named as “Devices”. Now click on it, and you will find “AutoPlay” on left side. Here you can change the settings for any removable media device to ON or OFF. When you switched OFF this option you will never see the AutoPlay Windows Popup.

You can also customize the autoplay in Window 10 to tell the system that how should it work when you connect any external device to it. Under the menu “Choose AutoPlay Defaults”, select a default action which you want AutoPlay to perform every time you connect removable media or device. This removable media can be a flash drive, SD Card or even your Smartphone as well. Here you can customize it for each media device separately such as “Open folder to view files”, “Configure this drive for backup”, “Import photos or videos”, or simply “Take no action”. You can also “Turn Off” AutoPlay for some files and “Turn On” for other ones. Press and hold the Shift key when you insert any removable media to open an AutoPlay notification. Do you know that you can d0 a clean installation of Window 10 to remove the data of your Windows previous version?

Enabling Or Disabling The Autoplay Option From Control Panel:

“Settings” app in Windows 10 allows you to configure AutoPlay for certain type of media device. But you can also customize the autoplay in Window 10 through the control panel.

Open the Control Panel and click on the Autoplay icon from here. To turn AutoPlay ON or OFF, check or uncheck the “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” box.  Here you will see the following setting options “Open folder to view files”, “Import photos or videos”, “Configure this drive for backup” and “Take no action”. You can also restore all the settings to default by clicking on the “Reset all defaults” button at the bottom of this page.

The Autoplay option is almost same in the Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 1o. The only difference is that in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 a few more types of media available for configuration.

Customize the autoplay in Window 10 through group policy editor:

Normally, you can customize the AutoPlay option from the Settings App or Control Panel. But, if you have Windows 10 Pro and want to customize this option for multiple users on the same computer, then you can do it through the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run box by pressing the “Win + R” and type “gpedit.msc.” Click on the “Autoplay policies” under “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.

Double-click on the “Turn off AutoPlay” at the right side and the properties box will open. Click the option of your choice i.e. “Enabled” or “Disabled”.

Customizing the Autoplay option in Window 10 is extremely easy. There are 3 different methods available that allow you to customize the Autoplay in Window 10. The only thing you need to do is follow the above methods and try any of them.

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