Disabling Autoplay on Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 Aug. 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

You can completely disable autoplay on Vista computers if needed.

Autoplay enables Vista to automatically open and run different types of media when they are inserted into the computer. In some environments this may not be desirable, for example it is possible for some malware to use autorun.inf to try and install themselves on computers. If you’re worried about this, you can disable Autoplay on Vista as follows:

  1. Open Default Programs from Control Panel.
  2. Click Change Autoplay Settings.
  3. Clear the checkbox that says “Use Autoplay for all media and devices” and click Save.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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