How to disable CD/DVD Autoplay

June 14, 2010

Simply put, when you insert a USB device, external hard drives, Compact Flash or Smart Media drive on your system a window pops up asking if you would want to open a file or play a DVD. That is Windows AutoPlay. It normally is set to on by default in windows. Most people find this feature very disturbing.
In addition, you may want to disable this feature for security reasons. This is because computer threats such as viruses, trojans, and other malicious software that come on external media could infect and damage your system even before you are prepared to scan the device for threats. CDs could come with rootkits and other threats as an example.

To disable Autoplay in Windows XP:

  • From start menu click Run-> Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. This leads to the group policy window.
  • Go to Computer configurations -> Administrative Templates -> on the right-hand side search for the “Turn off Autoplay” and double click it.

Turn off Autoplay properties will pop up. From the drop down window, select all drives or the drive you would want to disable.



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