Stop Windows pop-ups when drive plugged in

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Whenever I plug in an external USB hard drive into my WinXP laptop, I get Autoplay scanning the drive, and then a further window offering options like Play, import media to local disk, view a slideshow, etc. I never need these and usually stop the scan mid way through, and don't seem to lose anything from having done it. It's frustrating to have to repeatedly close these two windows. Is there any way to stop Windows doing this?
Question by:StuartOrd
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    Click on Start and select My Computer .
    Right click the  Hard Drive select properties
    Choose Auto Play tab in the Properties window, check
    the radio button next to “Select An Action To Perform”,
    Check “Take No Action”

    Author Comment

    Thanks to both.
    The only thing I found was that I had to repeat this for each type of file it was saying I had. The first time I only selected "mixed media" thinking it would cover all eventualities, and autoplay still ran. However when I selected "take no action" for all types it listed (music, pictures, etc) then the windows went away. To be fair, the tutorial did say this when I read it carefully!
    Two correct answers in quick succession. On the grounds that the tutorial was better and first, I'll split the points in that favour.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Jackie Man
    If your OS is XP Pro, run gpedit,msc to disable auto play for all external HDD and CDROM.

    If your OS is XP Home, edit the registry to disable the autoplay feature.

    Note: Backup the registry before you attenpt to edit it.

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