How to Restore Missing AutoPlay Entries in Windows 7

When you open the AutoPlay settings dialog, some or all of the default AutoPlay entries or handlers that come with Windows 7 may be missing.

This happens if the registry settings are wiped out somehow. The complete list of AutoPlay handlers or entries are stored in this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AutoplayHandlers \ Handlers

To restore the entries back in a Windows 7 computer, download w7-autoplay-entries.zip, unzip and run the enclosed REG file. Note that the REG file simple reinstate the default AutoPlay entries, and doesn’t disturb the existing entries that third-party software may have added.

Open the AutoPlay settings dialog now and check if the default AutoPlay handlers are restored.

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3 thoughts on “How to Restore Missing AutoPlay Entries in Windows 7

  1. Thank you! I’ve spent hours searching through the web for the solution and imagine NO ONE could help. Importing your files saved my day (actually night)!

    I have no idea how options went missing. I can only assume Adobe kicked these out. :-/

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