Disable AutoPlay in Windows Vista & 7

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 Aug. 2010 / Last Updated on 9 Sept. 2009]

Stop pop-ups when you insert a CD or media.

Don’t want to be bugged by the AutoPlay dialog that pops up when you insert a CD, flash drive, or other media? There are a few ways to disable it.

From the Control Panel in Vista, click the Play CDs or other media automatically link. From the Control Panel in Windows 7, click the AutoPlay icon. Then on the AutoPlay window, uncheck the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option or set each device type individually.

If you have a business or professional version of Vista or Windows 7, you can completely disable it via the Group Policy settings:

  1. Open the Group Policy editor by running gpedit.msc from the search field on the Start Menu.
  2. Navigate to Computer or User Configuration / Windows Components / AutoPlay Policies.
  3. Set Turn off Autoplay to Enabled.


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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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