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How To Backup & Restore AutoPlay Settings

The AutoPlay feature that's native to the Windows platform, allows you to set default actions when you Insert media such as USB Drives, Memory Cards, CD/DVDs and so forth. It also allows you to select what to do when executing certain types of media, such as Pictures, Music and Videos. If you've configured Its settings according to your needs, you'd certainly want to keep them Intact, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to backup & restore the AutoPlay settings.

Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to In terms of AutoPlay. The traditional way of accessing It, Is to open the Run menu, enter Control Panel and then navigate to Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay. It will then open as per the Image below. You can then set a number of actions based on your usability.

You never know If and when your operating system will corrupt to the point of having to perform a clean Installation of Windows, and as a result, you will lose your custom AutoPlay configuration. Rest assured, I've got you covered.

I will demonstrate how to backup your current AutoPlay settings, by using a neat little batch file, that will automatically create a couple of Registry files. Both these files contain your AutoPlay backup, which can later be used to restore It.

I have provided the download links to the batch file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Once you've hit the download, extract the batch file named Backup_AutoPlay.bat to a folder of your choice. Here's a visual of what to expect.

Step Two:

Now simply double-click It. If the Windows SmartScreen filter executes and prevents the batch file from running, click Run anyway. Don't worry, the batch file Is perfectly safe- It's just that the SmartScreen filter doesn't recognize the publisher, thus does not know whether It should allow It to run.

Step Three:

The batch file will now create a couple of Registry files that contain your AutoPlay backup, so navigate to your computer's desktop, and you will see a folder named AutoPlay Settings Backup as per my example below. The Registry files are In this folder. We'll check It out In the next step.

Step Four:

Upon opening the folder above, as you can see, there's two Registry files that have been created. As said, these contain your AutoPlay backup- which you can restore at any time, by simply double-clicking each file and following a couple of prompts. I'll do just that (restore), by double-clicking the file outlined In red.

Step Five:

It will now prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.

Last Step:

A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Windows Registry, so hit OK to finalize the process. This has actually restored part of the AutoPlay settings. To complete the restore, simply follow this procedure with the other file In Step Four above.

Final Thoughts:

This may seem a little confusing, but If you follow my guide every step of the way, It will make perfect sense by the time you reach the end. As with every backup, be sure to save the files to an external device, such as a USB Flash Drive or an external HDD/SSD Drive.

Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned batch file.

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