How to Set a CD to Start Automatically When You Put it in a Player

Compact discs store many types of data and media, and use various applications on the computer to start up. An audio CD might use a media player program; a CD that holds data files might use a CD-burning utility; and a software CD might start without a third-party program because the developer programmed the disc to run independently. A PC user might have difficulty remembering and finding which programs handle a type of CD. If you use Windows 7, you can program the PC to automatically recommend programs and play the CD instead.

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The CD will start automatically when the door is closed on the CD drive.

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Click "Start." Type "AutoPlay" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter."

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Click a check mark in the box next to "Use AutoPlay for All Media and Devices."

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Click "Save." Close the window.

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Insert the CD. If an pop-up box shows asking you to select a program, click on the preferred program. Also, click a check mark in the box that mentions to "Always" use the program.