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    Simple Question - Thumb Drives, etc.

    When I plug in a thumb drive, I want my system to come up with the dialog box that asks me what I want to do with the files. It formerly did this, but somehow I've disabled it.

    How can I get it back? (I've spent time on this, but I just can't find it.)
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    Lou,

    See if this MS Article helps.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Hi Lou,

    You've probably disabled Auto Play in control panel.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Thanks, fellows! The key to the problem IS Auto Play. It CAN be turned on and off from the Control Panel, but boy, is it hard to find it. If you know that "Auto Play" is what you're looking for, you just search for it. Finding it any other way isn't very intuitive or easy, at least for me.

    Bottom Line: Problem Solved!
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    Hi Lou,
    the easiest method to find almost anything, it to open the start menu (bottom left) and type it's name in the Search programes and files box.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Yes, but I didn't know I was looking for "Auto Play". Once somebody clued me in on it, it was easy.
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    Any program I use often, is right clicked in the start menu and pinned to it. I don't like items pinned to the taskbar.
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    AutoPlay can be useful but it can also be risky, especially in the case of thumbdrives. Have one infected and AutoPlay may be path to an infection passed on to your computer. Disabling AutoPlay is a frequent advice regarding security against thumbdrive "borne" malware.
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    I have never used auto play, even before finding out it was a security risk. It never did what I wanted when something was connected.
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    I guess the best practice is to disable Auto Play, then look at the thumb drive's contents in Computer. Does that make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Sander View Post
    I guess the best practice is to disable Auto Play, then look at the thumb drive's contents in Computer. Does that make sense?
    Makes total sense, yes .
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    I always use 'safely remove hardware and eject media' on the taskbar.
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    I've got that in my Notification Area. It's set to show up there when a thumb drive is inserted, but I don't see a way to use it to examine the files on the thumb drive.

    BTW, when I DO use Auto Run with a thumb drive, I do NOT have it take any actions with what's on the thumb drive. It just shows a dialog box that lets me click "Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer". I'm wondering if that circumvents the security risks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Sander View Post
    I've got that in my Notification Area. It's set to show up there when a thumb drive is inserted, but I don't see a way to use it to examine the files on the thumb drive.

    BTW, when I DO use Auto Run with a thumb drive, I do NOT have it take any actions with what's on the thumb drive. It just shows a dialog box that lets me click "Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer". I'm wondering if that circumvents the security risks.
    If you have an infected auto-executable, it will run, with auto run enabled.
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    Got it. Thanks!
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