Disable / Enable CD AutoRun?

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Infopackets Reader Ed C. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I look forward to read your newsletter each week. When I insert a disc in my CD ROM drive, it won't start automatic like it once did. In order to get it to work, I have to right click 'My Computer', then select 'CD-ROM' to get it to play. I'm running Windows XP. Is there any way around this?"

My response:

The feature you are referring to is called AutoStart, and can be enabled or disabled using Microsoft's free utility, called PowerToys (or 'TweakUI'). Take a look at this picture here which shows you exactly where the feature is located.

To download PowerToys for Windows NT, 9x, ME, and 2000:


To start TweakUI, go to the Control Panel (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel).

And for Windows XP:


To start TweakUI, use the TweakUI shortcut in your Start Menu (not the Control Panel), or run \windows\system32\tweakui.exe.

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