Simple steps to disable AutoRun/AutoPlay

The Windows AutoRun feature is turned on by default in most versions of Windows, allowing programs to run from an external device as soon as they are connected to a computer.

Because malware can exploit the AutoRun feature, which distributes its unfortunate payload from your external device to your PC, many users choose to disable it.

AutoPlay is a Windows feature that is part of AutoRun. Instructs the user to play music, videos or images. AutoRun, on the other hand, is a broader setting that controls the actions to take when a USB or CD/DVD drive is inserted into a drive on your computer.

Disabling AutoRun in Windows

There is no interface setting to disable AutoRun completely. Instead, you must edit the Windows Registry.

  1. In the Search field, enter regedit , and select regedit.exe to open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
  3. If the NoDriveTypeAutoRun entry does not appear, create a new DWORD value by right-clicking in the right pane to access the context menu and selecting New DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the DWORD NoDriveTypeAutoRun , and set its value to one of the following:
  • FF – to disable AutoRun on all drives
  • 20 – to disable AutoRun on CD-ROM drives
  • 4 – to disable AutoRun on removable drives
  • 8 – to disable AutoRun on fixed drives
  • 10 – to disable AutoRun on network drives
  • 40 – to disable AutoRun on RAM disks
  • 1 – to disable AutoRun on unknown drives

To turn AutoRun back on in the future, simply delete the NoDriveTypeAutoRun value .

Disabling AutoPlay in Windows

Turning off AutoPlay is easy, but the process depends on your operating system.

Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app and click Devices .
  2. Select Autoplay on the left sidebar.
  3. Move the Use the AutoPlay button for all media and devices button to the Off position.

Windows 8

  1. Open Control Panel by searching for it from the Start screen .
  2. Select AutoPlay in the Control Panel entries .
  3. Select the option you want from the Choose what happens when you insert each type of media or device section . For example, you can choose different options for images or videos. To disable AutoPlay completely, clear the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices check box .