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Subject: How to Change CD/DVD content AutoPlay actions in Windows XP
Keywords: Windows XP CD DVD content disk file type change action taken reset defaults
Tech Article Number: WBTA20000846

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When you insert a DVD, CD containing files, a music CD, etc. Windows XP brings up a box asking you what to do and giving you the option to always perform the selected action.

When you tell Windows to perform a certain action, you are telling Windows to do use a particular program to open that file, to show you a list of files in the folder or on the disk, or to do nothing at all. For example, you put in a disk containing MP3 (a type of audio file) files, and you have Winamp and Sonique (well known freeware programs for playing MP3 files) installed you should have the choice of using these programs or Windows Media Player to play the files. If you make the choice to always have Windows Media Player open and play the files, then the next time you insert a disk with MP3 files on, Media Player will automatically open and play the files. If you later change your mind and want a different program to play the files, you just want to see a list of the files, or you do not want Windows to do anything, you can tell Windows to do that.

To change what action Windows performs, restore the default, or to have Windows take no action, you would do the following steps.

  1. Open My Computer, by either selecting it from the Start menu or by double-clicking the icon on the desktop, depending on how you have Windows XP configured.
  2. Locate your CD/DVD drive (it is normally drive D:) and right-click on it to bring up the context menu and then click on Properties. Select the AutoPlay tab by clicking on it.
  3. Select the content type you want to modify from the top box by clicking on the down arrow. The content (types of files and disks) you have available as choices will depend on the kind of drive you have.

  4. In the Actions box below you will have the possible actions that can be performed for the content. These will usually vary with what software you have installed. For example, if you are looking at the choices for Music CD and you have several programs installed that can play music CDs, each will be listed as well as the option to play using Windows Media Player.
  5. To change or choose an action, click on the radio button next to Select an action to perform, then click on the program to open the files or other option you want, and click the Apply button.
  6. If you wish to have Windows ask you what to do each time it detects that kind of content, click the radio button next to Prompt me each time to choose and action and click the Apply button.
  7. If you wish to restore the Windows XP default option, click on the Restore Defaults button and click Apply. If this button is grayed out, then what is showing in the Actions box is the default.
  8. When you done making the modifications you desire, click the OK button.

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