Windows 10 Tutorials 85 – How to Disable the AutoRun Feature

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to disable the AutoRun Feature in Windows 10.

AutoRun feature in Windows 10 controls what actions the system takes when a CD drive is inserted or USB drive is mounted in your computer. The instructions are saved in autorun.inf file in root directory of the storage media.

AutoPlay is another feature which is part of AutoRun feature and instead of running installation program, it prompts user to play videos, pictures or music in the default applications defined for the file type in Windows settings.

If AutoRun feature annoys you, you can disable AutoRun features by making changes in your registry setting. The following table shows the values which control which drive will have AutoRun disabled for:
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1drives of unknown type
4removable drives
8fixed drives
10network drives
20CD-ROM drives
40RAM disks
80drives of unknown type
FFall kinds of drives
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To disable AutoRun for multiple drives, just add their corresponding values. For example, if you want to disable AutoRun for removable and fixed drives, you add 4 and 8, and set the value to 12.

How to Disable the AutoRun Feature in Registry Setting

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R key combination, type in regedit and press Enter.
  2. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes to continue.
  3. Go to [su_note]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    \CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
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  4. If the above key doesn’t exist, create it.
  5. In right-side pane, look for and create a new DWORD value if not exist NoDriveTypeAutorun and set the value as described in above table.
  6. Close Registry Editor.
  7. Restart your computer.

How to Disable the AutoRun Feature

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