AutoPlay is designed to make it easier to work with different content types when using devices such as CD or USB drives. For example, using AutoPlay, you can configure Windows to play a DVD in Windows Media Player when a DVD is inserted. Some people, however, do not use AutoPlay at all and find the feature to be more of an annoyance than anything else. In such cases, it is easy to create a registry setting that disables AutoPlay on your computer all together:

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key: HKLM Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer.
  3. Create a new DWORD value and name it NoDriveTypeAutoRun.
  4. Set the value to 000000FF.
  5. Close the Registry Editor.