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How to change AutoPlay Settings in Windows 8

Description: This article shows how to change the default action taken when removable media such as a disc or flash drive are inserted into the computer.

  1. Press the Windows Key and the letter X on the keyboard to open the quick access menu.
  2. Select Control Panel from the quick access menu.
    Windows 8 Start Menu, Control Panel
  3. Select Hardware and Sound.
    Control Panel, Hardware and Sound
  4. Select AutoPlay.
    Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, AutoPlay
  5. Set the default action for each device, such as removable drives or DVDs. Options available include Take no action, Open folder to view files (File Explorer), and Ask me every time.
    Windows AutoPlay Settings
  6. Click on Save to save the changes.