How to Reset AutoPlay Settings to Defaults in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to reset the AutoPlay settings in Windows 11 to defaults. The AutoPlay settings in Windows allows users to choose different actions when devices are inserted or attached to a Windows computer.

By default, Windows 11 will display a pop up and ask you to select what actions to take when you insert a media or attach a new devices. This works if you haven’t changed anything.

However, if you have chosen certain actions for particular media, and you wish to change it or choose a different action, you can configure that particular setting or reset the entire AutoPlay, and the steps below wills how you how to do that.

To configure individual AutoPlay settings in Windows 11, read the post below:

How to configure AutoPlay settings in Windows 11

AutoPlay, depending on its current settings, does one of the following:

  • Plays the content automatically.
  • Displays a dialog box prompting the user to choose a default handler for a single content type.
  • Presents, in the case of mixed content, a list of available handler applications to launch. The chosen handler then automatically plays its associated content type.
  • Displays a standard folder view of the files.
  • Does nothing if, earlier, the user had chosen Take no action for that content type as well as specified Always do the selected action.

How to reset AutoPlay settings in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows AutoPlay settings allow users to choose certain actions when a media or device is inserted into a Windows computer.

Individuals can also choose different actions for different media and what to do when Windows detects such media or device after inserting. Whatever settings you choose, Windows will default to that and continue to automatically play its associated content type.

If you have done many changes to your AutoPlay settings and you wish to reset everything back to the defaults, use the steps below.

First, open the Control Panel app.  In the Control Panel app, select Hardware and Sound group and go to AutoPlay.

On the AutoPlay settings pane, click the Reset all defaults button at the bottom of the page.

Click the Save button, and close out.

That should do it!


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