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Reasons why Autorun.inf does not run in Windows® 7

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Why does Autorun.inf not work in Windows 7 anymore?

Windows 7 from Microsoft is one of the most advanced operating systems in the world. Windows 7 is based on the classic Windows NT system platform and share many features and functions from its previous versions. Windows 7 has become one of the most popular operating systems since Windows XP and this is because of its versatile functionality and simple user interface. The ‘AutoPlay’ function is featured in previous versions of Windows and is provided to enhance user convenience by automatically performing the programmed action while inserting a device or media into the system. However, due to security reasons Autorun.inf will not work with USB based devices in Windows 7 but is compatible with other removable storage media like optical discs.

Points showing why Autorun.inf does not run in Windows 7 anymore:

  • Autorun.inf
  • Role of Autorun.inf
  • USB Autorun.inf does not work


Autorun.inf is a small text file utilized by the AutoPlay feature in Windows operating systems to initialize the required actions when media or device is inserted or attached to the PC. The file can be located in the root directory of the media or attached device for it to work properly. Usually, information such as startup of a pre-configured AutoPlay application, icons of the related applications and options are indicated in Autorun.inf file in relation with the type of media or device that is inserted or attached to the system.

Role of Autorun.inf

The AutoPlay feature eases use of external media and devices by automatically selecting pre-configured or configurable actions to be taken by the system while a media or device is inserted or connected. This feature allows even inexperienced users to effectively manage and make use of the content on the connected devices without the need to separately opening up the device’s context menu. The Autorun.inf file is essential for AutoPlay feature in Windows.

USB Autorun.inf not working

The basic function of USB Autorun.inf and AutoPlay is to automatically open the related application or menu when a USB device is plugged in or connected to the system. In case the USB device is infected with viruses or malware, Autorun.inf and AutoPlay enables the automatic execution of viruses and malware in the system, thereby infecting files and applications in the computer. To avoid such issues and to protect your system, Microsoft has removed the USB Autorun.inf feature from Windows 7.

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