If you want to disable the AutoPlay feature in your Windows PC, continue reading this tutorial. AutoPlay is a Windows feature introduced for first time with Windows 98, that examines the contents of any connected storage device or any inserted media (e.g. CDROM, DVD), and according the type of content (music, videos, software), prompts you to choose the appropriate application to display the content, or if the storage device contains a software may start installing it (Autorun).
While AutoPay and Autorun features can be useful, on the other hand it can help infect the computer if a storage device containing malware is connected. If you want to avoid this security risk, or if you find the AutoPlay feature annoying, proceed and disable it by following the instructions below.
How to Turn Off AutoPlay and Autorun features in Windows (All Versions).
There are several methods to disable the Autorun and the AutoPlay features in Windows and you can use any of them to perform that task.
- Method 1. Disable AutoPlay in Windows Settings.
- Method 2. Disable AutoPlay from Windows Registry.
- Method 3. Disable AutoPlay by using Group Policy Editor.
Method 1. How to Turn Off AutoPlay in Windows Settings.
Disable AutoPlay in Windows 10 & Server 2016
To turn off the AutoPlay and Autorun in all drives in Windows 10 & Server 2016:
2. In Settings options, click Devices.
2. Choose AutoPay on the left pane, and set the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" switch to Off.*
* Note: Set the AutoPlay switch to ON to Enable AutoPlay if needed.
Disable AutoPlay in Windows 8/8.1
To turn off the AutoPlay/Autorun features in Windows 8.1/8:
3. Choose AutoPay on the left pane, and set the "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" switch to Off.
Disable AutoPlay in Windows 7
To turn off the AutoPlay/Autorun features in Windows 7:
1. Navigate to Control Panel and open 'Security and AutoPlay'. *
* Note: If you cannot see the 'AutoPlay' item, set the View by to All Items.
2. Uncheck the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices checkbox and click Save.
Method 2. How to Turn OFF AutoPlay from Windows Registry.
To disable the AutoPlay and Autorun features for all drives, using registry: *
* Note: The instructions applies to all Windows versions (Windows 10,8,7 Home or Pro & Windows Server 2016/2012)
1. Open the registry Editor. To do that:
2. At the left pane, navigate to the one of the followings registry locations, according the action you want to perform:
Action 1. To Disable AutoPlay for All Drives for the Current User Only, navigate to:
Action2: To Disable AutoPlay for All Drives for All Users, navigate to:
3. Right-click at a blank space on the right pane and click New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
4. As value name type NoDriveTypeAutoRun and press Enter.
5. Double click at the newly create value, choose Decimal and type 255 at the value box. When done, click OK.
6. Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC.
Method 3. How to Turn Off AutoPlay with Group Policy Editor. *
* Note: The instructions applies only to Windows 10, 8 or 7 Professional versions and in Windows Server versions 2008, 2012 & 2016.
2. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. To do that:
2. In Group Policy Editor navigate to:
- Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies
3. At the right pane open the Turn off Autoplay policy.
4. Select Enabled, make sure that the Turn off AutoPlay is off for All drives and click OK.
5. Close the Group policy editor and restart the computer.
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