Difference between AutoPlay and autorun
AutoPlay is a Windows feature that lets you choose which program to use to start different kinds of media, such as music CDs, or CDs and DVDs containing photos. For example, if you have more than one media player installed on your computer, AutoPlay will ask which media player you want to use when you try to play a music CD for the first time. You can change AutoPlay settings for each media type.
Autorun is a technology used to automatically start programs or enhanced content (such as video content on a music CD) when you insert a CD or another media type into your computer. This is different from AutoPlay, but the result is often the same: when inserted, the CD starts automatically by using a particular program. Autorun is incorporated into the media types that use it, and you can’t modify it.
When you try to play a CD or another media type that uses autorun, AutoPlay asks you to choose an action to perform (for example, to play the autorun content or to skip it).
Method One to turn AutoPlay on or off
When you turn AutoPlay on in Windows 7, you can choose what should happen when you insert different types of digital media into your computer. For example, you can choose which digital media player is used to play CDs. When AutoPlay is turned off, you are prompted to choose what you want to do when you insert digital media into your computer.
1.Go to Control Panel and open Autoplay
2.Do one of the following:
- To turn AutoPlay on, select the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box.
- To turn AutoPlay off, clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box.
Method Two to turn AutoPlay on or off
You can also enable autoplay in windows 7 from Local Group Policy Editor
Computer Configuration- Administrative Templates-Windows Components- Autoplay Policies-Turn off Autoplay