{RESOLVED}Cd-rom Won't Automatically Run Games

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Dec 30, 2001
:( When I put a game or a program in it won't automatically play(but will play cds). And when I go to my computer and click on the E drive which will show the name of the game it automatically goes to a microsoft backup . I tried to change the option on the file menu to open instead of backup but backup is highlighted and won't change.

please help.

Thank you

I have windows 98 and I have a cd rom
Feb 28, 2001
Welcome to TSG!
Below are a couple of items you can try. The second one if you need to perform involves the registry so be careful in there and do only as it is written.

Autorun not working

Step 1

Not all CDs will start automatically when inserted. They must contain a file called AUTORUN.INF. If the CD has autorun.inf and does not automatically run, perform the following steps to ensure the CD-ROM Drive Auto Insert Notification is checked.

Double-click on the System icon
Click the Device Manager tab
Click the plus + next to CDROM
Double-click on the CD-ROM drive model
Click the Settings tab
If the Auto Insert Notification checkbox is unchecked, check it.
If it is checked, uncheck it, then close all of the windows. Restart your system
and see if autorun is working.
If autorun is not working then set CD Rom device manager back to previous
using the previous steps and proceed to step 2.

Step 2

If CDs still do not run automatically when inserted, you may have to edit Windows Registry.

CAUTION: The following procedure contains information about editing the Windows registry.
Be careful because Incorrect use of the registry editor and editing the registry files can cause serious problems that may require a complete reinstall of your operating system so follow the instructions carefully.

To edit Windows Registry, perform the following steps:

Click on Start\Run.
In the open field, type in REGEDIT and click OK.
Click on the + next to each of the following to expand them:
Locate and single-click the Explorer entry to highlight it. With Explorer highlighted, look on the right side of the screen and note the values that appear.
Locate the entry NoDriveTypeAutoRun key and make sure it reads
0000 95 00 00 00
If it does not, highlight the NoDriveTypeAutoRun key. Once highlighted click edit up top and then modify. A cursor will appear to the left of the value. To the left of the flashing cursor will be four zeroes 0000 - ignore these. Press the [Delete] key once to delete the first
set of two digits in the value. Press [Delete] again to remove the next two digits and retype the digits as needed until the value reads 95 00 00 00. Click OK, then close the Registry Editor (saving is automatic).
Once the change is made, reboot the system and see if the problem is solved.

Keep us posted on your progress.
Dec 3, 2000
Dawn, try Davey's #1 fix first, The link I provided does his #2 fix for you so the margin of error is reduced, either should work...Rhett
Feb 28, 2001
Received a PM from Dawn.........

Thank you soo much!! Your second suggestion to redo my window registry worked. My husband and I have been trying to fix this problem for weeks. The only solution we could get was to try what you suggested first and it didnot work.

We have two small children so I assume they accidentally changed something. My husband is always on a Mazda chat room and loves to help people fix their cars, so I was hoping there was a chat room for people like you that like to fix computer problems.

I am so glad I found this site.

Thank you again

Have a nice New Year!!


Your welcome, and you and your Hubby are welcome here anytime. Also there is a good chance the kids had nothing to do with the switch change. I could of been a random corruption of the regisry or even one of the kids games.
Have a good New Years
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