Post by (PeteCresswell) Post by VanguardLH
You also just search on "autoplay" (sans quotes) in the Start menu's
Yeah, that's where I've been a few times: Control Panel | All Control
Panel Items | AutoPlay.
Have "Take no action" specified for each and ever....
But now I am seeing that "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" = True
Can't specifically recall setting it to False, but just did.....
Fed it a movie DVD, and no dialog popped.... so I guess the secret is to
ignore all the specifics and just make sure that "...all..." checkbox is
Video files are not audio files are not movies files are not data files
are not blank discs are not ...
Autoplay is based on content of the media. That's why there are so many
choices in the Autoplay config app. If any types are set to "Choose a
default" then none has been selected and you get the autoplay prompt.
In the autoplay prompt, there is the "Always do this for <filetype>"
option. The problem is that there is no "Never do this for <filetype>"
choice; however, that means no action was selected so you get the
prompt. There is no "Never prompt for <filetype>" option in that
prompt. I don't recall seeing a "Take no action" selection in the
autoplay prompt but then that's not really a "Never take no action"
setting. I think the "Take no action" simply deselect what, if any,
prior action had been remembered for a filetype. Without an action
configured as default, you get prompted.
Microsoft, in their blithe attempt to be clear, meant "Take no action"
to mean "Close the prompt". It literally meant to take no action of the
several offered. This is as bad as options or policies that are
negatively worded. You have to enable the disable to get rid of some
feature or function. "Take no action" means to do so one time. It
really means to close the autoplay dialog. That's why Microsoft removed
it from the autoplay prompt so you only find it in the Autoplay wizard.
If you want autoplay enabled on some removable devices but disabled on
others then you have to delve into the registry, and then you can only
disable/enable based on device type, not on a particular media that you
happen to insert into the removable media device. The problem, even
with Microsoft's own documents, is that autorun and autoplay get
confused as the same thing. As I recall, the registry edits were to
enable/disable autorun. For example:
gives the registry edits for disable/enable of autorun, not autoplay.
From what I see there, autoplay are policies. Those are also saved in
the registry (all policies are registry entries) but are not part of the
autorun registry entries.