Disable AutoPlay in Windows® 7
What is AutoPlay in Windows 7 and what are the ways to disable AutoPlay feature in Windows 7?
The AutoPlay is a feature found with Windows Operating System. This feature would allow instant opening of files and viewing of files whenever you insert some removable media like CD, DVD etc. This feature is introduced with the Windows XP Operating System. Due to the presence of this feature, you could not spend time for manual opening of the removable media like CD, DVD etc. Thus, users can access the data from the media as soon the PC reads the data.
Below given points are the needs and various tips to disable AutoPlay in Windows 7:
- Need to disable AutoPlay in Windows 7
- Local Group Policy Editor program
- From Control Panel
Need to disable AutoPlay in Windows 7
By making use of this feature called AutoPlay, malware applications would spread .When this feature is get activated, may cause the opening of unwanted or the malicious programs present in the CD or any other removable media. When they are opened, these threats would enter the system and spread. In order to avoid this risk, it is better to disable the feature called AutoPlay in Windows 7.
Local Group Policy Editor program
You need to click Start and have to type gpedit.msc in Search box, and press Enter. You would then open folder named Administrative Templates and also the Windows Components present in left of navigation panel. You would then click the folder named AutoPlay Policies. In the left side, you need to double-click the option named Turn off AutoPlay. Then, click the circle which is found next to Enabled. After that, from the drop down menu below the Option, you have to choose All Drives. Then, click Apply and click OK.
You would click the Start menu and from that, click Control Panel. You would then click the option named Hardware and Sound. In that, you have to select AutoPlay by click that. Then, clear the check box for Use AutoPlay for all media and devices. Click Save in order to save all these changes. After that, the AutoPlay would not be found when you open the removable devices and you need to manually open all those removable devices then.
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