Three Methods to Disable AutoRun in Windows 10

Avatar Pooja Awana Updated On - 29 Jul 2019

Are you a Windows 10 user? If yes, you should consider yourself lucky as Windows 10 gives you many amazing options that make life so much easy. And one such feature is AutoRun. This feature is incorporated in Windows 10 to automatically start certain programs, open removable drives or play media files automatically when CDs, DVDs, or media cards are inserted. AutoRun has a sub feature, i.e. AutoPlay, which allows programs to play or run as soon as the media devices get attached to the computer (this feature is turned on by default in Windows 10).

At times AutoPlay could be annoying when media files like movies or music play automatically on inserting CDs, DVDs, USB, etc. Therefore, if AutoRun or AutoPlay is annoying you while doing your crucial work, we have the solution to disable and control AutoPlay features.

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Methods to Turn Off AutoRun in Windows 10

If you want to disable AutoRun or AutoPlay in Windows 10, simply use the methods listed below.

Method 1. Disable AutoRun using Registry Editor

You need to execute several actions in Windows 10 Registry Editor for disabling AutoRun. Perform the given steps to turn off AutoRun in Windows 10.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R from your keyboard and type regedit in the Run window and click OK to open Registry Editor.

Disable AutoRun using Registry Editor

Step 2: Click HKEY_CURRENT_USER and follow the path to reach Policies folder:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

reach Policies folder

Step 3: Now, right-click in the right pane of the Registry Editor and create a new DWORD type value and name it “NoDriveTypeAutorun”.

Set DWORD value to one of the following to disable different programs:

  • FF: To disable AutoRun on all drives
  • 20: To disable AutoRun on CD-ROM drives
  • 4: To disable AutoRun on removable drives
  • 8: To disable AutoRun on fixed drives
  • 10: To disable AutoRun on network drives
  • 40: To disable AutoRun on RAM disks
  • 1: To disable AutoRun on unknown drives

create a new DWORD type value

Method 2. Disable AutoPlay in Windows 10 using Settings

It is easy to disable AutoPlay settings in Windows 10 operating system. Here are the steps to perform the process:

Step 1: Click Windows icon, type Settings click on Device Settings.

Step 2: Select AutoPlay from the left side pane.

Step 3: Use the mouse to turn off the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.

Method 3. Disable AutoRun and AutoPlay at Group Policy Level

If you want to control AutoRun and AutoPlay settings, you can simply do it with Group Policy editor. Before you start executing the step by step guide, make sure you have logged in to the Windows 10 system as an Administrator for accessing Group Policy editor.

Step 1: Open Windows Start menu and type gpedit to open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Under Computer Configuration, click Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> AutoPlay Policies.
Local Group Policy Editor
Step 3: Double-click on Turn off AutoPlay under the Setting tab.
Turn off AutoPlay
Step 4: Select “Enabled” option under Turn Off AutoPlay.
Turn Off AutoPlay
Now, the annoying AutoPlay will no more disturb you when you attach an external device to your computer.

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Concluding Words:

Windows 10 systems enabled with AutoPlay or AutoRun feature are vulnerable to malware attacks that cause data losses and corruption if a USB drive containing malicious program is inserted to your computer (even if it is locked). So, always turn off the default Windows AutoPlay settings to keep your computer and your crucial data safe and secure.