Enable AutoRun in Windows® 7
Are you inquisitive about the AutoRun feature in Windows 7 and the tips to enable it?
Windows 7 is an advanced featured operating system introduced by Microsoft. Windows 7 offers performance ahead of earlier versions of Windows for iTunes encoding, image processing, Photoshop CS2 and 3D gaming testing. Windows 7 has better power management and quicker shut down process. In Microsoft Windows operating systems, the AutoRun function on CDs, DVDs and removable media is not allowed by default and must be enabled in order for the Autorun.inf file on the disk to run. Most flash drives, CDs, DVDs and other removable media contain an AutoRun file that includes Windows instructions for automatically starting the disk when inserted into the computer. Data, music and video CDs and DVDs all include different information in their respective AutoRun file.
Following lines explain about AutoRun feature, how it affects the system performance and the ways to enable it in Windows 7:
- AutoRun feature
- Effects on system performance
- Enabling AutoRun
AutoRun is a feature of Windows 7 operating system that generates a software reaction to user initiated hardware actions. When an audio CD is loaded into a computer system, the AutoRun feature can be set to start a program. The AutoRun settings in Windows 7 control what your computer does each time when you insert removable media, whether it is a CD, a DVD or an external hard drive.
Effects on system performance
When the AutoRun feature is enabled on your Windows 7 computer; CDs, DVDs and portable drives launch automatically when you connect them to your computer. Sometimes, the AutoRun feature can affect your computer system badly. When you load a virus infected flash drive or CD or DVD in your computer, these virus programs spread on the system automatically and may cause various issues.
Enabling AutoRun in a computer system is a straight forward task using the Hardware and Sound interface in the Control Panel utility. To enable AutoRun, first open the 'Control Panel' and select the 'Hardware and Sound' option. Then, click the AutoRun option in the window. The AutoRun configuration window will launch there. Check the check box at the top of the page titled 'Use AutoPlay for all media and devices’ option. Configure each possible action for each removable media and when finished, click the 'Ok' button to save the settings.
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