Stop A CD From Automatically Starting


Q. I have a couple of CDs that start automatically when I slip them into the computer, and I like that. But I also have one that automatically begins an install process, and I don’t like that; it’s a real nuisance. How can I stop that auto-install feature?

A. You can turn off both the auto-start and auto-install features. If you want to turn it off only temporarily—that is, on a one-time basis—hold down the Shift key while inserting the CD until the CD activity stops.

If you want to make the change permanent, go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, System. Click on the Device Manager tab and press the (+) symbol next to CD and right-click on the CD name that appears. Then either click on Properties or right-click again and select Properties . Choose the Settings tab and remove the check mark next to Auto insert notification. The changes will take effect after a reboot.

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