Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows  

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    11 Jan 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows


    AutoPlay lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don't have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AutoPlay for all drives for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable AutoPlay for all drives.

    This will not affect AutoPlay for non-volume devices like cameras or phones.

    Disabling AutoPlay for all drives will remove the Open AutoPlay context menu for removable drives.
    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows-open_autoplay_context_menu.png



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: "Ask me every time" AutoPlay notification for USB Flash Drive
    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows-autoplay_notification.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Local Group Policy Editor


    In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\AutoPlay Policies

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows-autoplay_for_all_drives_gpedit-1.jpg

    3 In the right pane of AutoPlay Policies in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off AutoPlay policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Enable AutoPlay for All Drives

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



    6 To Disable AutoPlay for All Drives

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select All drives in the drop menu under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows-autoplay_for_all_drives_gpedit-2.jpg


    7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    NoDriveTypeAutoRun DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    ff (hex) = Disable

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    NoDriveTypeAutoRun DWORD

    (delete) = default


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable AutoPlay for All Drives

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_AutoPlay_for_all_drives.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable AutoPlay for All Drives

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_AutoPlay_for_all_drives.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 74
    21H1 (19043.1415)
       #1

    This registry entry isn't working for me
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,861
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Michael said:
    This registry entry isn't working for me
    Hello Michael,

    It looks restarting the computer is required to apply the REG now.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 74
    21H1 (19043.1415)
       #3

    Ok, so it works for regular drives, but not MTP devices.
    Looks like we need to find a way to flip this switch:
    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows-image.png
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,861
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Michael said:
    Ok, so it works for regular drives, but not MTP devices.
    The policy below should include MTP devices.

    Enable or Disable AutoPlay for Non-volume Devices in Windows
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #5

    I assume its not just me as i've found other mentions surrounding this policy specifically but it appears broken? it wont apply at all as per Windows 10 Autoplay setting and GPO (ironically not the first i found, smartscreen for edge gpo wont apply either so i assume theres even more but i digress)

    I imagine/also assume the reg key will in fact work, but at that point id just flip the switch. trying to set up policy i can export/import to check all the major boxes for fresh installs.
      My Computer


 

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