How to Turn off Autoplay in Windows® XP®
Get to know more about turning off autoplay in Windows XP
The auto-play feature in Windows XP is significantly comes up when Windows XP is introduced. For CD and DVD drives, the auto-play feature in Windows XP will first try to evaluate the type of media you have inserted and then perform a proper action. Then the auto-play feature comes with some specific options to remember any process for next time. Removable USB drives need auto-play feature to access files when the drives are connected to the USB port. In this time malware exploits the auto-play feature to spread from USB drive to computer. In order to prevent malware, you need to disable auto-play feature in Windows XP. The easiest and most effective way to disable auto-play feature is to access auto-run registry. There are some other effective methods which will help you to turn off auto-play feature in Windows XP.
Following article explains about the tips that will help you to disable auto play in Windows XP:
- Group policy settings
- Manual methods
- Auto play repair wizard
Group policy settings
You can use group policy settings to disable all auto-play features in Windows XP. In order to do this, you need to click start, click run, type Gpedit.msc in the open box, and then click ok. Then you have to enhance administrative templates under computer configuration and then click system. From the settings tab right-click turns off auto play, and then click properties. After that you need to select all drives in the turn off auto play box to disable auto run on all drives.
To disable auto play manually on your Windows XP follow these steps. In order to perform this, you need to click on start, click run, type regedit in the open box, and then click ok. From the HKEY_CURRENT_USER, select the registry value NoDriveTypeAutorun. You can modify this by right clicking on registry value. You can type 0FF in the search box to disable all types of drives or you can disable selected drives.
Auto play repair wizard is used to scan the hardware device of the computer to find improper auto play settings, and try to solve those it finds. Its files size is 77 KB. Auto play repair wizard is compatible with Windows XP Operating System. To download this wizard, click the download link on the Microsoft page. In order to start the installation, click opens this Wizard from its location.