Procedure of enabling AutoRun on Windows® XP®
Why do you need to enable AutoRun on Windows XP?
AutoRun is a traditional feature in Windows operating systems that will enable media like CD ROMs, memory sticks, USB devices, DVDs to automatically launch the programs stored in them. This will happen through autorun.inf file, which is present in the root directory of the USB device or CD ROM. AutoRun is a feature in Windows that automatically takes action when you place a disc in your computer's disc drive. You would typically find autorun.inf on installation CDs. This will cause the spread of viruses on the system. As a result, the files and the programs in the system get deleted. Below are some methods you can use to enable AutoRun on your system.
The need and tips to enable AutoRun in Windows XP:
- About AutoRun
- Need of AutoRun
- Tips to enable AutoRun
The AutoRun feature is one of the most advanced and used feature with a Windows operating system. This feature helps you to launch programs or files that are available on removable drives and storage devices. AutoRun contains a list of commands that get executed, whenever media are inserted into the appropriate drives of the PC.
Need of AutoRun
The main purpose of AutoRun is to provide a software response to hardware actions when a user starts the system. AutoRun has been designed to work on removable drives. AutoRun was introduced with Windows 95 and has been included with its successors. This feature makes the installation of applications easier for non-technical users and also to reduces software support calls cost.
In order to enable AutoRun on Windows XP, there are two options either by using Windows Control Panel or Group Policy. You can also use the 'Run' option to enable AutoRun. Then type 'gpedit.msc' in 'Run' and go to 'Computer Configurations'. Then click on 'Administrative Templates', then select the 'AutoPlay' option with which you need to perform this action.