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Thread: Autoplay not working on fresh Windows 7 x64 install

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    Autoplay not working on fresh Windows 7 x64 install

    Hi -

    Smallish yet irritating problem with my Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit install - Autoplay doesn't work, and hasn't since I was forced to reinstall a couple of weeks back. Doesn't work for discs inserted, USB flash drives, memory cards, external HDDs plugged in etc (Firewire & ExpressCard/34 not tested). I have of course gone to the Autoplay settings and restored defaults, also tried setting every category (DVD, CD, etc) at "Ask me every time". No luck. I was working fine on the same OS before before I had to reinstall fresh, also on x86 version of Win 7, and on Vista. Nothing wrong with the USB ports/disc drive, inserted media is still detected.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

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    Re: Autoplay not working on fresh Windows 7 x64 install

    Try the steps which i have mentioned below:

    • Go to Start Menu,Select All Programs,
    • Go to Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, Select Run as administrator.
    • You may be prompted for the password input the password and press enter.
    • Open command prompt simply type net start shellhwdetection hit Enter.
    • Reboot the machine

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    Re: Autoplay not working on fresh Windows 7 x64 install

    OK, tried that, said that service is started already. Have a feeling it may be something to do with incorrect registry values but till I know exactly where to go and what the value should be in Regedit I won't go there
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    Re: Autoplay not working on fresh Windows 7 x64 install

    OK, got it... here's the answer for anyone else having the same issue -


    Check if the Group Policy Setting has been disabled for the Autoplay feature.

    Note: Changing Group Policy Setting applies to only Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Enterprise editions.

    1. Click Start and in the Search box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
    Now browse to Computer Configuration\ Administrative Templates\ Windows Components\ Autoplay Policies\ Turn off Autoplay.

    2. To Enable:
    Change the value of Turn off Autoplay to Disabled.

    Note: This will enable the Autoplay feature.

    Refer this link to which provides solutions to some common problems with AutoPlay:

    Troubleshoot AutoPlay problems
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us [...] y-problems

    (many thanks to Divya R Microsoft Support for this help
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