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What to Do If Autoplay Doesn’t Work in Windows® 7

February 06, 2013  |  Difficulty: Medium

Windows® Autoplay doesn't work in Windows 7.

Windows® Autoplay makes users’ lives much easier by automatically starting software or hardware and then offering choices of what users may want it to do next. When newly discovered removable media or a piece of hardware has been plugged into the computer, Autoplay should launch. Unfortunately, some programs change the functionality of Autoplay. It may start working differently or stop working completely.

Below are four things you can check to ensure all Windows® components influencing Autoplay are correctly set.

What to check if Autoplay doesn’t work:

  1. Autoplay Settings
    Be sure that the actions and functionality for each of the media types are correctly set. This problem is more specifically addressed in an article focused on changing Autoplay settings. In short, have the actions for the media set and the checkbox at the top checked.
  2. The service is running
    Click the “Start” button. In the search box type “services.msc” and press enter. In the list of services find “Shell Hardware Detection” and ensure that this service is running. If not, right-click on the service and start it. Right-click on the service again and select “Properties”. In the “Startup type” dropdown menu, select “Automatic” and click on the “OK” button.
    Note: the service might be translated in localized versions of Windows®
  3. CD-Rom registry check
    Click the “Start” button. In the search box, type “regedit” and press enter. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    Double-click Autorun and see whether a zero or a one is displayed in the Value data box. The correct Value is “1”. If there is a “0”, right-click on the Autorun key and then click Modify. In the Value data box, type “1” and then click “OK”.
  4. NoDriveTypeAutoRun registry check
    Click the “Start” button. In the search box, type “regedit” and press enter. Locate and then click the following registry subkeys:
    In both locations check whether the “NoDriveTypeAutoRun” key is presented or not (if not skip this step), if yes:
    Double-click NoDriveTypeAutoRun to see its value. If the value is “0xb5”, the AutoRun feature for CD-ROMs is turned off. To turn on the AutoRun feature, follow these steps:
    Right-click NoDriveTypeAutoRun, select “Modify”, in the Value data box type “91”, select Hexadecimal and then click OK.


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