Is there any Autoplay to turn off in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit as was the case with Windows XP Pro?

Posted on 2012-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-09-29
Is there any Autoplay to turn off in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit as was the case with Windows XP Pro?

I have two external HDDs on 250 GB each, and each time I connect these to my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit there is a popup-windows that says "Searching for contents". Isn't this the same thing as Autoplay in Windows XP Pro?

Suppose there are infections on any of these two external HDDs: Would these infections get activated once the "Searching for contents" starts?
Question by:hermesalpha
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    Click the Start and Input "gpedit.msc" in search box, then click the result to open the gpedit.

    Expand Administrative Templates >Windows Components >  Autoplay Policies in order.Then double click "Turn off Autoplay"

    Click Enabled, and then select All drives so that you can disable Autorun on all drives.Click Ok at last.

    After restarting your computer, you have done all the needed work to disable Auto Play in Windows 7.

    Author Comment

    I downloaded and used this utility to turn off AutoRun:

    It worked fine, when I plug in my two external hard drives they are not searched any longer.

    But is that enough? Do I have to do anything for AutoPlay also? In Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/AutoPlay? Or can I just ignore that?

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