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How To Turn Off AutoPlay in Windows 8

The AutoPlay menu comes up every time you put in a disc or plug in a USB device in Windows, and power users have been disabling it for a long time. You can still turn it off in Windows 8, here’s how in either interface.

Windows 8 AutoPlay

Disable AutoPlay from Windows 8 Start Screen (Metro UI)

If you’re on the Windows 8 Start screen, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + W to bring up the Settings Search field and type: autoplay.

Search Settings

Then click its icon under search results on the left side of the screen.

AutoPlay under Search

In the next screen, uncheck Use AutoPlay for All media and Devices and Save.

Disable AutoPlay

Disable AutoPlay from Windows 8 Desktop

From the desktop, hover the mouse in the left corner to bring up the so-called Power User menu, right click and select Control Panel.

Control Panel Windows 8 Power Menu

Then click AutoPlay icon in Control Panel.

AutoPlay Windows 8 Desktop

Then you can uncheck using it or enable it again if you want it back on.

Uncheck Use AutoPlay

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