History: was provided a used laptop from my boss. My instructions were to reformat and install XP Pro, all updates and service packs and a list of programs. This was completed the other day. I turned the machine off, left for the day and returned the next morning. I was asked to add a few more programs and when I turned it on I was greeted with a window that reads Autoplay. There is no CD in the drive to warrant this behavior.
The window that comes up has "Autoplay" in the title bar. Shows the 'browse' flashlight animation like the one that is used when Windows is looking for a file. Has a green status bar and a Cancel button.
Trying Ctrl - Alt - Del while this window is open presents a pop-up that reads:
"Windows is currently in the middle of a long operation.
Either wait for the operation to finish, or cancel it before you quit windows."
This window's display does not follow a time pattern. I cannot find a process in task manager that stops or starts in synchronization with the AutoPlay window.
I've run several ad/spy products and cannot find anything in particular.
Lastly, I have reformated the drive again, installed XP Pro and upon launching for the first time, I again am presented with this Autoplay window.
Hopefully I have provided enough informatoin. Please let me know if more is needed. I do not know what is causing this window to come up.