just thought i’d clarify things abit. most of this is directly from Micro$oft’s website. also, it should be noted that M$ doesn’t call it Auto Insert Notification anymore (at least not in XP). it’s simply grouped into the same category as AutoRun now, even though there are 2 distinct registry locations.
the following is for Windows XP. scroll down for WinME and earlier:
set to 0 for off, 1 for on.
Auto Insert Notification:
How you modify this subkey depends on the Autorun feature that you want to disable. For more information about Autorun registry key values, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web page:
Autorun is also known as AutoPlay. The following table shows the settings for the NoDriveTypeAutoRun registry value.
0x1 Disables AutoPlay on drives of unknown type
0x4 Disables AutoPlay on removable drives
0x8 Disables AutoPlay on fixed drives
0x10 Disables AutoPlay on network drives
0x20 Disables AutoPlay on CD-ROM drives
0x40 Disables AutoPlay on RAM disks
0x80 Disables AutoPlay on drives of unknown type
0xb5 Disables AutoPlay on ALL drives
0xFF Disables AutoPlay on all kinds of drives
The default value for NoDriveTypeAutoRun varies for different Windows-based operating systems. These default values are listed in the following table.
Operating system: Default value:
Windows Vista 0x91
Windows Server 2003 0x95
Windows XP 0x91
Windows 2000 0x95
Autoplay is also disabled on any drive if it is disabled by the value of NoDriveAutoRun (in HKLM or HKCU) or NoDriveTypeAutoRun (in HKLM or HKCU). But if NoDriveAutoRun or NoDriveTypeAutoRun appear in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, the corresponding entries in HKEY_CURRENT_USER are ignored.
Right-click on the drive icon for your CD drive, CD recorder, or DVD drive, and select Properties.
Choose the AutoPlay tab, and choose the desired action for each type of CD. For example, choose Music CD, then click Select an action to perform, then select Take no action.
Obtain and install TweakUI (part of the PowerToys for Windows XP package), and then start TweakUI.
Expand the My Computer branch, then the AutoPlay branch, and then select Drives.
Turn off the checkbox next to each drive letter for which you want AutoPlay disabled.
Windows ME and earlier solutions:
a quick note: although the number is the same for both ME & XP (95 or 91), XP (and other NTFS systems) has it set as a DWORD Value (0x00000095), where ME and previous Windowses should be set as a Binary Value (0000 95 00 00 00). (see below for details)
Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.
Change the Value of NoDriveTypeAutoRun from 95 00 00 00 to BD 00 00 00.
You might have to restart Windows for this change to take effect.
Alternate ME Solutions:
Right-click on the My Computer icon (or whatever you’ve renamed it - hopefully something less cute and more meaningful than “my computer,” such as “Bart”), and select Properties.
Choose the Device Manager tab.
Open the CD-ROM branch, and select the entry for your CD-ROM drive.
Click Properties, and then choose the Settings tab.
Turn off the Auto insert notification option.
Click OK, and then OK again. You’ll have to restart Windows for this change to take effect.
Because of new features in TweakUI, this can now be truly disabled by turning off the Play audio CDs automatically and Play data CDs automatically options in the aptly-named Paranoia tab.
Also, make sure that the AutoInsertNotification option is turned back on - see Solution #1 above for more information.
Note: With this solution, Windows will still be notified when you insert a new CD, so you may not want to do this if you use CD Recorder software (the constant polling can interrupt the recording process).