Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:56 pm Post subject: Disable Autoplay for USB drives
I had tried numerous times to disable XP's autolaunching when I insert a USB drive,
with no success until now. Had tried the properties setting, kept trying, did it as admin, no change. Even the experts who told us to edit the registry key thusly:
didn't have the solution. Then google brought up a link to HowToGeeks, where they instructed to run GPedit service and there it was! Works like a charm, what a relief. Here's to the Geeks!
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:36 pm Post subject: disable XP's autolaunch
Because I was tired of the annoyance, tired of having to make a response to XP's crap. I can't believe you of all people would have to re-install XP for this little thing. So now you know how to re-enable the autoplay function.
I worked on that problem for days. I spent hours on Google, downloading registry fixes and the like. Nothing worked. I had already gone through all the normal stuff, like what you mentioned.
I absolutely could do nothing to get Windows to acknowledge a new USB drive, flash drive or SD Flash Memory Card, when I'd plug it into the system. It was the same for CD's and DVD's. NO Autoplay! but, available for viewing in My Computer.
It was just so aggravating, that out of total disgust, I finally just reinstalled Windows. Of course, I backed up ALL my data first, to my second hard drive.
I have a batch file that does that, so it was no big deal.
It gave me the opportunity to install a different version of Windows, that I'd been wanting to try.
Yup, sometimes even "experts" are left scratching their heads when Windows decides it doesn't want to do something. Before re-installing Windows, I had consulted several "Experts" on several forums, including my own personal Computer Guru. " No importa lo mucho que trato, nada funciona"
Things like this are why I always say, "Backup! Backup! Backup!".
If you actually found something that works, I'm happy for you! Really!
But then again, we'd be RE-Installing windows, and at a considerable expense.
Windows 7 may indeed be a solution or a possibility for some people, but definitely NOT for all. When old software and old hardware come into play, changing the OS to either Windows 7 or Ubuntu can get really hairy.
By the way, there's a fairly new Trojan making the rounds, that disables all .exe files. I have the fix for that, if anyone's interested.
This might be particularly interesting for guys (or gals) currently working as computer tech's.
Let's see... in addition to to the
key, the following registry keys should also be set:
If you just want to disable AutoRun on removable media, use a DWORD of 00000085, instead.
I'm aware of three common ways to fix broken .EXE file associations:
On Doug Knox's web site here download the EXE File Association Fix file and follow the instructions in it to repair the damage.
Download and run the FixExe program to fix the EXE file association. The web site for that antivirus company is in Italian, but the program itself is in English, and the program seems to work fine under MicrosoftWindows7.
Open an elevated Command Prompt (filename: CMD.EXE) and issue the command "assoc.exe=exefile" to restore the file association. A reboot may be required to complete the operation.
Do you have another way to fix the EXE file associations besides these? If so, please let us know; it is always good to have multiple ways to do things in case the malware authors decide to block one of them.
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