How To disable Autoplay of USB Drives & Audio CDs in Windows Vista

Posted by Shashank Krishna Wednesday, February 11, 2009


If you wish to disable the Autoplay feature for USB Drives & Audio CDs, here are some ways you can do it in Windows Vista:

1) Type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER to open the Group Policy Editor.

Under Computer Configuration > expand Administrative Templates > expand Windows Components > click Autoplay Policies.

In the RHS Details pane, double-click Turn off Autoplay to open the Properties box.

Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay on box to disable Autorun on all drives.


Additional Read:
How to selectively disable specific Autorun features and more on KB953252.

2) You can also open the Control Panel

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay

and set the options as per your preferences.

3) The same can be achieved by editing the Registry.
Run regedit and navigate to

In the RHS, create a new dword and rename it to NoDriveTypeAutoRun.
Rt click on it and give it a decimal value 225 (or Hexadecimal value 000000FF)
Exit regedit. Reboot.
This will disable AutoRun on all drives
If you wish you may download this .reg fix and double click it and add the entries to your registry.
For more information and options visit Technet.

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1 Comment

  1. abhay Says,

    fantastic trick man,its so cool trick.thanx a lot for this quality post


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