Disabling CD/DVD Autorun under Windows


When loading CDs or DVDs into your library, Windows will Autorun any disk that contains the autorun.inf file.  This creates a nuisance by starting programs that you don't really want started at the time of mounting and in some cases by causing the library to cycle through every tray in the changer.  Therefore, it is best to disable the Autorun feature. 

To disable Autorun:


WARNING: There is no user interface option to enable or disable the Autorun feature. To enable or disable the feature, you must edit the registry.  Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows.  Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved.  Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


      Change the Autorun value in the following registry key:



To disable the Autorun feature, change the Autorun value to 0. To enable the Autorun feature, change the Autorun value to 1.


      Restart the computer.

Note: The above method disables the Autorun feature completely. If you want to disable the feature on a per compact disc basis, you can hold down one of the SHIFT keys while inserting the compact disc utility.


This information was derived from the Microsoft web site at the following URL address: