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How to dissable autoplay?

By Maggot ·
I just had a new system built and it is running XP Home. I haven't been able to find where or how to dissable 'autoplay' for CD-ROM discs.

I have checked in properties for each drive: CD-RW and CD-ROM, tried setting 'take no action' for each drive. Autoplay still runs when CD is put in either drive.

This is a gaming system and it is a pain to have the 'set-up' start when the game discs are put in.
The CD-RW is jumpered for 'master' and the CD-ROM is jumpered for 'slave'. I added the CD-RW myself. Both drives are connected to the secondary IDE ribbon. Both drives function just fine.

This is the first XP system I have owned so any help will be welcomed.

Thanks in advance.

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by Joey Indolos In reply to How to dissable autoplay?

I've also tried to disable this on my system but can't find where to do it either. What you can do, however, is to hold down the left SHIFT key when inserting a CD into the drive (either SHIFT key will do but holding the right one triggers another feature on my Win2K system); let go when the CD's presence registers (e.g., the volume label is displayed).

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by Mike Mullins In reply to How to dissable autoplay?

To make sure that the AutoPlay feature is disabled in the registry:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, locate the following registry key:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CDRom

1. In the right pane, go to step 4 if the value for Autorun is 0.
2. If the value for Autorun is 1, right-click Autorun, and then click Modify.
3. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 0 under Value data, and then click OK.
4. A value of 0xb5 in the following registry key turns off the AutoRun feature for CDs:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoDriveTypeAutoRun

Good Luck

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by TheChas In reply to How to dissable autoplay?

XP makes disabling auto-play a little more involved than previous versions of Windows.

Double click on your my computer icon.

Select your CD drive, and right click on it.

Select properties.

Click on the auto-play tab.

For each type of CD, you need to select it, and select perform no action as the default.

You will need to do this for each drive.

Chas

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I'm running the original version of TweakUI for XP from the first power toys version.

I did not look there, as I am not sure that the newer version would have the same options, but you are correct, there should be an option in TweakUI to disable Auto-Play.

If nothing else, enjoy the power toy calculator set to 500 place precision.
It's always more fun to have more digits on a calculator.

Chas

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by Maggot In reply to How to dissable autoplay?

Thanks for answers so far.

Why did the developers of XP not include the option to dissable 'autoplay' in the user interface? Though I do not fear the registry a user/admin. should not have to got into it to make this setting.

Does the 'TweakUI' download for XP have this added function? The 'Power Toys' are now avaible for download for XP. Just wondering.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to How to dissable autoplay?

Yes, the new version of TweakUI for XP (v2.10) does let you disable Autoplay for any drive. So, if you have 2 CD-ROM drives (drives & E:) for example, you can disable it for but keep it enabled for E:

So, get the new TweakUI, install it, open it, then go to My Computer -> Autoplay -> Drives, and select/unselect drives for Autoplay there.

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