Missing open file in XP

Xp: built / vista: dell / Built / studio 1735
August 2, 2009 at 17:24:41
Specs: XP pro / Vista home, XP: 1GB / Vista: 3GB
Recently I noticed that I am missing the wizard that asks what you want to open with from inserting a cd in a drive, or when you plug in a digital camera. I really don't know the name of it other than a wizard program that pops up when you try to load something in XP. It is something that already comes with windows and is not a program I installed, or downloaded.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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August 2, 2009 at 18:01:04
It is called Auto Play.

From windows Exporer right click on the drive and select properties. From there select Auto Play and make your selection there. Make sure it is not set to Take no Action.


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August 2, 2009 at 18:55:41
I tried as you noted, but auto play still does not work. The only way that I can open either the cd, or get the pics from my digital camera is to go into My Computer and click on the drive, or camera icon when it is plugged in (within "devices with removable storage").

I did not try to set auto play and then reboot my computer to see if that would make any changes. Do you think this would make a difference?

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August 2, 2009 at 19:28:21
Check any Services you may have recently Disabled or set to manual. I'm working on the same issue after trimmimg down Services that were set to Auto.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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August 2, 2009 at 20:13:42
I guess it is to each their own. If I weren't so lazy I would disable auto play completely. I have partially. The main problem with auto play is once you select the type of files the program for that type will always open even if inappropriate. IMO it is easier in the long run to just go where you need to without any half ass automation. Just my two cents worth.

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August 3, 2009 at 16:59:58
I was able to fix my problem by downloading this Microsoft program fix for Auto Play:

One VERY IMPORTANT NOTE before I go... If you use this program you must restart your computer (up to 3 times) for EACH drive, OR plug in device. VERY HANDY TOOL if you want Auto Play to work. Each time you restart you will see the progress for each drive, or plug in.

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