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Enable or Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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AutoPlay lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device, insert media, or receive content from another person using Tap and Send (Windows 8). You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, or DVDs. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don't have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AutoPlay from remembering user choices for all or specific users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you disable AutoPlay from remembering users choices, then only the actions users choose in their AutoPlay control panel settings will be remembered in Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

In Vista and Windows 7, this will affect being able to check the "Always do this..." box in AutoPlay.


EXAMPLE: AutoPlay

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AutoPlay - Enable or Disable Remembering User Choices OPTION ONE AutoPlay - Enable or Disable Remembering User Choices
Enable/Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices using a REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

DontSetAutoplayCheckbox DWORD

0 = Enable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices for All Users
1 = Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices for All Users


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Enable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices for Only Current User
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) If not already, you'll need to turn On AutoPlay in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

B) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_AutoPlay_Remembering_User_Choices.reg

download

3. To Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices for Only Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_AutoPlay_Remembering_User_Choices.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve merging the .reg file.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

8. Sign out and in, or restart the PC to fully apply.






AutoPlay - Enable or Disable Remembering User Choices OPTION TWO AutoPlay - Enable or Disable Remembering User Choices
Enable/Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices in Group Policy

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy to be applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and AutoPlay Policies. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Don't set the always do this checkbox (Vista/Windows 7) or Prevent AutoPlay from remembering user choices (Windows 8) to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.


5. To Enable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices

A) If not already, you'll need to turn On AutoPlay in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

B) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

6. To Disable AutoPlay Remembering User Choices

A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)

7. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.


That's it,
Shawn