Can’t be prompted to choose an option from Autoplay Selection Applet

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I am running Windows XP (HE)(SP2) on an HP, Pentium IV PC. All installed programs and the operating system perform well... That includes Panda Platinum IS 2006 which has maintained a virus and spyware free environment. After performing a Windows XP Disk Cleanup and defragmentation sequence, the "Autoplay Feature" applet does not display or function in a normal manner. When inserting a USB ported card reader's photo chip, an "Autoplay Applet" used to open on my desktop with prompts to choose an action. Instead, I am forced to accept a Microsoft Office 2003 Picture Viewer program as the default selection to view digital camera photos. I have researched (Right-Clicked) the C: drive, DVD-RW drive, CDROM Drive, and USB card reader drive for their properties and discovered the "Autoplay" function is absent from the display menu. Analyzing each drive's properties, the "Autoplay Tab" is available with content type and "Prompt each time to choose an action" radio button set. Also, when attempting to play audio CDs or Video DVDs, the "Autoplay Feature," with prompts to choose an action, does not display. I can manually play or open any drive's content by using "Run and Browse" or Windows Explorer to activate a program. What is the solution to my dilemma?

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Go to Microsoft’s site and look for a download tool called “tweakui”. This will allow you to “tune” your environment in many different ways.

Just bear in mind that it will also allow you to shoot yourself in the foot if you’re not careful.


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  • Mousejn
    Use the PowerToy version for XP of Tweak UI
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  • Dreamscape
    You might try these instructions from Microsoft k-base.
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  • Leecherous
    I don't believe the suggestion to "tweakui" will help my situation. I repeat: after a thorough cleaning with "Crap-Cleaner v1.28, Registry Cleaner v5.1,defragmenting and Windows Disk Cleanup," the results were a failure in the "Autoplay Selection and its Action Prompt."
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  • Leecherous
    I have found the solution to my "Autoplay Option" problem. Microsoft offers an "Autoplay Repair Wizard," AutoFix.exe for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. I downloaded this file and installed it. Autoplay now functions normally. Thanks for your suggestions, anyhow, which I never really attempted.
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