Prevent auto-play and windows pop-up message on cd or dvd insert

vbimport

#1

Ok, I have a question that I hope can get answered and that I am posting in the correct spot:

Ok, you know when you insert a cd or dvd and it will either initiate windows to start an ‘auto-play’ or else a pop-up window will show up asking you “what do you want windows to do?” and give the list of options…

Anyway, I can’t say how much I HATE both of these functions!! I have tried selecting the “take no action” button but it never lasts; the window keeps poping up again.

All I want is to insert my cd or dvd and leave it at that. I use windows explorer for everything… transfering my files from camera, ipod, etc… and when I have placed data or video files onto a dvd I would just like to be able to avoid canceling all the “user friendly” crap that comes with windows. All the wizards and “camera-friendly” software annoy me to no end.

So, does anyone know how to stop all the windows auto-play and pop-up crap?

I am going to put linux back on my other PC and use it primarily I think. Windows is such a pain when you understand how a computer works and how to use it properly.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr…

Thanks everyone! Sorry for ranting a bit.


#2

To do what you want to do you will have to disable it using the Registry Editor


#3

Welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

Try this method. Go to start button, select “Run” and type [B]gpedit.msc[/B]

Here browse the tree on the left to search the following:

Computer Configuration --> Administrative templates --> System.

Search for [B]Turn off Autoplay[/B]. Right click and select [B]Properties[/B] and change this option in [B]Enabled[/B].

Do the same thing in User congifuration --> Administrative templates --> System

This should solve :slight_smile:


#4

Hey, thanks for the quick reply!

There is a lot of fun stuff to play with in the group policy!

Learn something new everyday.

Thank you so much.

I haven’t tried it yet but do you know if enabling the prevent autoplay also will eliminate the pop-up window asking what you want windows to do?

I’ll try it and post if it eliminated both.

Thanks again,

:clap: :slight_smile:


#5

That’s terrible advice. It’s not necessary at all to do that.

Geno suggests one way to do it.

The best way I find is to get Microsoft’s TweakUI which is part of Powertoys.

It allows for numerous tweaks to be done very safely, obviously including disabling AutoPlay.


#6

sorry for the bad advice


#7

Hi,

Well, gpedit is only available on XP Pro or W2k. XP Home users are lost, they have to edit the registry directly.

The best way I find is to get Microsoft’s TweakUI which is part of Powertoys.
:disagree: It will work for accounts with administrative permissions only. No chance to disable autorun for restricted users :frowning: And having less permissions is a good idea in these days, where “DRM enhancing software” and similar crap is automatically installed after inserting a music CD or video DVD :Z

Michael


#8

That is why I said what I said
because that is how I have to do it, so I thought that is how it’s done


#9

I’ve always had full admin rights on my systems and using pro versions so I’ve always been able to do it the way I suggested.

Didn’t know that without admin rights this wouldn’t work so that’s why I made my suggestion. Guess we’ve all learned something from our new moderator. Thanks Michael.


#10

You can use Autoplay Repair to turn off autoplay too.