autorun.inf context menus missing from a USB flash drive after windows restart.

Posted on 2007-04-09
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Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have USB flash drive with autorun.inf file in the root folder. The autorun.inf contains some custom contex menu items. Problem is, when I restart my PC with my USB flash connected, my menus are gone. I need to remove it and insert it again before any of the custom context menus are present. Why is that? How can I solve it? My OS is Windows XP Pro SP2.

This is my autorun.inf

label=TrueCrypt Traveller Disk
action=Mount TrueCrypt volume
open=TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt.exe /q background /lZ /m rm
shell\start=Start TrueCrypt
shell\autostart=Automount TrueCrypt volume
shell\autostart\command=TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt.exe /q background /lZ /m rm
shell\dismount=Dismount all TrueCrypt volumes
shell\dismount\command=TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt.exe /q /d
Question by:avok
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Expert Comment

ID: 18878666
This appear to be a Windows XP problem. Sometimes happen with cd-roms too, maybe you can do a script to eject and redetect pendrive after booting

Author Comment

ID: 18878741
That could do the trick. Maybe some kind of refresh or reload of the USB drive. Problem is, I have no idea how to write something like this.

Accepted Solution

avatar-e earned 750 total points
ID: 18880262
I found a solution.

First download and install devcon from MS site:

Then create a startup console program (in notepad) to remove and restore the pendrive. You need know the hardware id of your device, go to device manager:
Start / Run: devmgmt.msc

Then go to properties of your pendrive, in the details tab there is a "Hardware ID" section with some IDs like this:

Now, you can use any of this identificators in the CMD, for example:
devcon disable kingston*
devcon enable kingston*

That script will remove and reinsert the pendrive and your autorun menu will be there again at Windows startup.

PD: The cmd can be redirected with a shortcut with "Minimize", so you dont will see the black blinking screen of the windows console.

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