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Turn off Auto Run

May 11, 2008

If you burn your own files to a DVD using Windows XP ‘drag and drop’, then you may find that when you insert the DVD to access the data again, Windows spends ages looking for the disk. This is because Windows is looking for some sort of coded file that gets added by specialist CD/DVD burning software, but because you dragged and dropped the files, this file isn’t created.

The problem lies with Windows’ auto run function, which is turned on by default. To access the data on the DVD without waiting an eternity, you’ll have to turn off auto run.

The Annoyances.org website has a list of options and workarounds available, depending on which version of Windows you’re using. See: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article03-018.

[This article was first published in the September 2006 CyberText Newsletter; link last checked January 2008]

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