Auto Play Does Not Work on Windows 8 For Some Devices

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 2, 2013


This is quite strange but one of our reader reported that window 8 auto play does not work correctly all the time as he pointed out that it works for his flash drive but does not work properly for a memory SD card which does not work as it does not ask the user to import photos.


Some other readers reported the AutoPlay options only appeared once: the first time I plugged in a device or inserted a disc. Following are some troubleshooting steps to solve this issue.


Enable Auto Play When You Insert The Flash Drive

To see the options one time, right-click the device or drive, and then click Open Autoplay. If the device isn’t plugged in, hold down SHIFT and plug in the device. You can also hold down SHIFT while inserting a disc to see the list of options. To see the options every time you plug in a device or insert a disc, follow these steps:

  1. Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.

  2. In the list next to the device or type of disc, click Ask me every time.

Enable Auto Play For All Devices

  1. Open AutoPlay by pressing Windows key + W
  2. Enter AutoPlay in the search box, Click on Settings, and then click on AutoPlay.
  3. In the drop-down list next to the device or type of media, choose Open folder to view files.
  4. Please Check the Option Use Autoplay for all media and devices.
  5. Click on Save.

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