Using Autoplay in Windows® 7
Are you operating your computer on Windows 7? Find out more about Autoplay feature.
Windows 7 is the latest OS release from Microsoft and has many changes compared to the previous versions of Windows based Operating Systems. This OS comes packed with many exciting features and options for the user’s convenience. Windows 7 has become popular all around the world because of its simple and enhanced graphical user interface and innovative features. Autoplay was first introduced with the Windows XP OS and has been revised as a major option in Windows 7. Autoplay in Windows 7 is more customizable when compared with the one which was first featured in Windows XP. This feature automatically examines the contents of a removable media or a data storage device connected to the system and starts up suitable applications to play the data or files. The autoplay feature on Windows 7 can be also disabled. However, disabling the autoplay feature is not recommended for normal users as this feature automatically recognizes various file formats which would greatly speed up accessing information contained in the media. Disabling the autoplay feature means that users would have to select different applications to view/play different files.
Following details given below gives users more information regarding ways to configure autoplay settings in Windows 7:
- Open folders
- Default action
- Prompt window
The autoplay feature on Windows 7 can be configured to open the various folders in the data storage device. Configuring the autoplay in this manner would be very helpful when the storage media has large numbers of files (such as data DVDs) as users can locate the specific folder which houses all the essential data quickly.
Autoplay on Windows 7 can be also set to perform a default action when data storage devices such as USB drives, optical disks or external hard disks are plugged in with the system. The action performed by autoplay feature in Windows 7 would depend on the type of storage device plugged in or on the types of files/content in the connected device.
Autoplay feature in Windows 7 can be customized to prompt action from users when a particular data storage device is connected to the system. This feature allows users to select the correct type of action to be performed in accordance with the type of disk/driver inserted. Configuring autoplay this way also reduces the chances of malware infections as infections would not be directly executed by the Operating System.
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