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Manage AutoPlay in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows has included AutoPlay as a feature since I can remember, and sometimes it can be useful or annoying.

You probably know the function well. Anytime you pop in a USB device or even a CD; a dialog comes up, and Windows asks how you want to do with the content.

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As far as security advice, you should have it turned off by default, even in recent versions of Windows to prevent malware from automatically executing on a PC.

We’ve covered how to manage it in previous versions of Windows. However, the feature has changed since the Anniversary Update. Here’s a look at adjusting the setting.

Manage AutoPlay Feature Windows 10 Anniversary Update

To launch it, head to Settings > Devices > AutoPlay. Then at the top of the main screen, you can slide it on or off.

In the next section, you can choose AutoPlay defaults for different external devices. For example, if you pop in an SD card you can have it open in File Explorer or for a phone, have your photos transfer automatically.

Choose AutoPlay Defaults

The other thing you can do here is set your default apps. Just click the link and choose your defaults.

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In the end, we do recommend you turn off AutoPlay or set your devices to have Windows take no action for best security.

What is your take on AutoPlay? Are you a fan or not so much? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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2 Responses to Manage AutoPlay in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  1. Sonjia August 15, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    If I turn Auto Play off, how will that affect my External Drive that stays on all the time, because it is used for my back up files for my whole C drive?

  2. Richard August 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks for the tip. I never even thought of it a security risk…..thanks! “In the end, we do recommend you turn off AutoPlay or set your devices to have Windows take no action for best security.” THANKS!!

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