Disable AutoPlay in Windows® 7
What is the need to disable AutoPlay in Windows 7? How can we disable it?
AutoPlay is a feature in Windows that inspects recently discovered removable media and devices. Based on the content such as pictures, music or video files, it can launch an opposite application to play or display the content. It works like an AutoRun feature. Microsoft Windows offers the users with an AutoPlay feature, which lets the CD ROMs to start playing automatically after their insertion. In the case you insert in an Audio CD, the first song will begin to play automatically. If you insert a Data CD, you will see a program launching an installation screen. The AutoPlay feature can be beneficial or at times irritating to the user, depending on the situation. For example, if you use a CD burner to copy data on a CD ROM using the AutoPlay function, then the complete copy process can stop and probably destroy your destination disk. As many users enjoy the ease of AutoPlay, there are people who prefer to manually choose the program and files they wish to play. As AutoPlay opens in another window, it is quite easy to close the window and then obtain the files on the media directly, in order to play them as per your wish.
Following are the different ways to disable AutoPlay in Windows 7:
- Need to disable
- Group policy editor
- Disable manually
Need to disable
AutoPlay is one of the feature through which the malware spread on your computer. The malware can cause great harm to your computer. So, it is important to disable AutoPlay to prevent malware infection on your system.
Group policy editor
The best way is to change the Group policy editor to disable the AutoPlay on all drives. To carry out this, click 'Run', type 'gpedit.msc' and press 'Enter'. Then navigate to 'Local Computer Policy'- 'Computer Configuration'. Then select 'Administrative Templates' from it and click 'System'. Now double click on 'Turn off Autoplay' on the right panel. Choose 'enabled' and select all drives from the dropdown list. Click 'ok'. Thus, the AutoPlay feature will get disabled on all drives that are connected to your computer.
You can easily disable Autoplay manually. Open 'Control Panel' and go to 'hardware and sound' section. Then select 'AutoPlay' from the list. You will see an option on the top for 'Use AutoPlay for all media and devices'. You need to uncheck it so as to disable AutoPlay.