The installation went great, but I realized that some problems do not show up immediately.
Today I put my SD card in my memory card reader, expecting the Autorun menu to appear. Instead, I had nothing. I also did not have an “Autoplay” on the menu when right-clicking on the memory card in “My Computer.” Finally, the title of my card was no longer being displayed in My Computer.
Fortunately, the solution to these problems is simple. But first, the problem needs to be explained. When VMWare is installed, it modifies the Windows Registry to prevent Autorun.
This is probably a good idea. If you had your favorite Ubuntu distribution running from within Windows, and decided to put in a CD, you don’t want both Operating Systems to try to load the disc simultaneously. The easiest way to solve the problem is by disabling the Autorun feature.
Personally, I like Autorun. I take pictures all the time, and I like the convenience of popping my memory card into the computer and clicking the program I use to download my pictures and movies. Maybe it is not the coolest way to download pictures, but it certainly makes my life easier.
To re-enable the autorun feature in Windows XP (I heard that Vista is similar, but having never used the OS, except at the store, I have no guarantee that this works in Vista):
- Go to Start -> Run
- Type in “regedit” (No Quotes). This will bring up the Windows Registry Editor.
- As a side note, registry edits can hose your computer. Be very careful. Your edits are at your own risk.
- In the registry, delete the following keys:
- Finally, ensure that HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesCDRomAutoRun has a value of “1.” Otherwise your DVDs and CDs will not Autoplay.