These days, you're probably plugging all kinds of devices into your PC: thumb drives, cameras, smartphones and so on, each of which opens a Windows AutoPlay popup. This can get annoying, fast.

To disable AutoPlay for an individual device:

  1. Plug the device into your computer and allow any drivers to install completely.
  2. The AutoPlay window will pop up for the first time. Simply close it by clicking the red X.
  3. Disconnect the device, and then plug it back in. The AutoPlay window will pop up again. Click View more AutoPlay options in Control Panel.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, you will see your newly connected device. Change ‘Choose a default' to Take no action. Click Save. This option will not be available the first time you connect a device, hence the requirement to plug in, disconnect and reconnect it.

To turn AutoPlay off for all devices, in the ‘View more AutoPlay options' screen, at the top, uncheck Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.