AutoRun Feature is not working. When CD is inserted, it doesn't open the contents automatically

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Hi friends !

I have a problem with AutoRun feature. I am using a laptop. The following are the specifications...

Model Name: DELL INSPIRON 1501
Operating System installed: On C: drive Windows XP is installed
                                             On D: drive Windows Vista is installed

Please see that when I insert a CD that supports AutoRun Feature or I use Flash Disk, I find that the CD is detected by CD Drive and the Flash is also detected as removable media. BUT...

They are not opening automatically. In other PCs, they open automatically with AutoRun Feature.

What I did is... I went in the properties of the DVD/CD ROM---> AutoPlay Tab----In select a content type, I selected Mixed Contents and then in Action to perform--->I selected Open Folder to view files.

But it didn't worked. I still have to insert the CD and when the CD is detected, I have to open it manually to see the contents.

The following devices in Device Manager are not installed...

1. Base System Device
2. Network Controller
3. SM Bus Controller
4. Video Controller (VGA Compatibles)
Does it cause the problem ?

Please tell me how and where can I enable the AutoRun Feature ?

Waiting for your reply...


Question by:JatinHemant
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    Assisted Solution

    Te artilcle at provides details of how to enable Autorun for differerent OSs and Media
    LVL 32

    Assisted Solution

    Firstly - autoplay should work without the driver support.Try the AutoPlay repair wizard:

    As to the drivers that are missing - this looks to be a nvidia-based chipset - download drivers from:
    LVL 32

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    LVL 69

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    What I did is... I went in the properties of the DVD/CD ROM---> AutoPlay Tab----In select a content type, I selected Mixed Contents and then in Action to perform--->I selected Open Folder to view files.

    R/click the main rom drive again  properties
    check thru all the settings Pictures Music video dvd blank cd etc  
    set  " everyone to the same >> auto prompt is selected in each"
    In general nothing
    Auto play  Music files
    and prompt me  each time at the bottom
    then set it to always ask
    then it auto opens to choices panel  you choose ( folders as is the case)
    AND dont have a cd in there when you do this, reboot to ensure save settings
    why would  that be difficult to put these back?

    LVL 9

    Accepted Solution

    You can also use TWEAKUI to enable the autorun feature in xp.
    It can be downloaded from

    After installing TWEAKUI, do the following steps

    1. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Powertoys for Windows XP -> TweakUI.
    2. Expand the "My Computer" branch and expand the "Autoplay".
    3. Click on "Drives" and make sure your CDROM drive is selected in the "Enable Autoplay on Drives" list.
    4. Click on "Type" and make sure both "Enable Autoplay for CD and DVD drives" and
    "Enable Autoplay for removable drives" are selected and then click on OK.
    5. Restart your computer and test to see if the issue re-occurs.
    LVL 9

    Assisted Solution

    OR, you could also use the AUTOPLAY REPAIR WIZARD by MICROSOFT

    Description as per microsoft: The Microsoft AutoPlay Repair Wizard scans your computer devices to find defective AutoPlay settings, and attempts to fix those it finds.


    Author Comment

    Thanks to all of you...

    I download the tool and it worked.

    Thanks again

    LVL 69

    Expert Comment

    Thats great to hear we were running  out of ideas.
    thanks Hemant  :)
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    Expert Comment

    "Thats great to hear we were running  out of ideas"

    Were "we" ?

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