Windows 7 autorun enabled… yet disabled?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

The checkbox “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” is checked.

Yet, at some point in time, my computer has stopped giving me AutoPlay prompts.

I can’t really elaborate beyond this because that’s basically all there is to observe.

Does anyone know of a solution?

EDIT 19/03/2010: I have attempted to disable and renable AutoPlay a few times to no avail, in case you’re going to suggest it. All options are on “Ask me every time”.

EDIT 21/03/2010: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\cdrom\AutoRun is and was set to 1

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

The Windows AutoPlay system is quite complex and its behavior depends on a lot of registry settings.

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Unfortunately, the AutoPlay Control Panel applet in Windows 7 doesn’t allow you to change system-wide settings. So it’s possible that ”Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” is checked, but AutoPlay is still disabled.

To enable AutoPlay use either of the following methods:

Using Group Policy Editor

Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), navigate to Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / AutoPlay Policies and change the Turn off AutoPlay policy to Disabled.

After that you can reset it to Not Configured, which is the default state.

Using Regedit
Unfortunately Group Policy Editor isn’t available on Windows Home editions, as an alternative you can use regedit.

Open regedit and locate the following key:

change (or if it doesn’t exist create a new DWORD) NoDriveTypeAutorun to 0x91

For more information please read the following KB article:
How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows

Method 2

Besides Use AutoPlay for all media and devices make sure you have the Ask me every time option set for all items under Media and Devices

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Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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