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Windows 7 and AutoPlay: CD won't start automatically

Windows 7 and AutoPlay: CD won't start automatically
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I have external USB hard drives. If I do nothing, ever time I start up my machine the "Options" box pops up for each partition / drive.

If I disable autorun per the above link, the drives still work, but do not open up the 'Choices" box.

But now if I insert a CD, it won't start automatically.

Is there a way to have external hard drives' and USB drives' autorun disabled but still have the CD players' autostart work?

In the Autoplay of the Control PAnel, I have the CD set to play/start with realplayer.but it doesn't.
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