A friend asked me to help with what I thought would be a simple fix -- just run one of the many AutoPlay repair tools (e.g. Kelly's Korner). But nothing I've tried is working.
Details: Inserting a DVD in the drive results in the typical pop up listing the various possibilities ... which include "Play with PowerDVD" and "Play with Windows Media Player". Selecting one of these works fine. But if you check the "Always do the selected action" box it has NO effect ==> the next time you insert a DVD you get the same choice menu (with the "Always do ..." box already checked).
If you do a Properties on the drive and go to the AutoPlay tab, select DVD movie, click the "Select an action to perform", highlight a choice (e.g. play with PowerDVD), and click Apply -- the result is the same !! No change. Going back to the drive's properties always shows the "Prompt me each time to choose an action" box checked !!
As I noted, I've tried several common registry mods; and run several "AutoPlay fix" utilities -- NOTHING changes this behavior !! Any ideas???
I'm NOT looking for "Googled" links -- I've already done that & tried anything that sounds plausible. Looking for someone who's experienced this exact issue and found a fix !!
System is XP SP3 with all updates.
Points doubled to 500 for a focused, correct, works-first-time answer :-)