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Brand New Flash Drive with Built-in software - How to avoid the autoinstall from kicking in

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I purchased a new flash drive and I want to format it so that it is a plain blank drive. Problem is, when I plug it in, the autoinstaller kicks in and starts loading a bunch of stuff I do not want.

QUESTION:  I just want to format this thing.  I do not want any software on my flash drive.  I just want a plain flash drive.  What do I need to do so that when plug this in, the autoinstaller doesn't kick in.
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by:pjam
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Autorun was stopped long ago with a Windows Security patch.
If you do not have it, you can find it here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715
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by:Lee Ingalls
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If the security patch has not been applied for Windows 7 & 8 AutoRun can be disabled via Local Group Policy Edit or editing the Registry.

Run gpedit.msc
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies... Double click "Set the default behavior for AutoRun" and ENABLE "Turn Off Autoplay".
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by:CompProbSolv
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What brand is the USB stick?  Some have utilities you can download to get rid of their software.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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You could hold down the left shift key while the drive is being detected.  The comment above is true though some drives have locked system partitions that cannot be erased without using the manufacturers' tools.
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by:brothertruffle880
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Lee:  What is the registry change?   I don't have gpedit.msc
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by:Lee Ingalls
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What OS are you using?
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by:CompProbSolv
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If the autoinstaller is the only issue, then you should be able to format the drive after it is done or you have cancelled it.

It may be very useful here to know the brand of the flash drive.
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by:brothertruffle880
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I'm on  Windows 7.
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Lee Ingalls earned 500 total points
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Run regedit

This disables autorun for all users on this computer:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\

This disables autorun for current user:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\

Select the setting labeled “NoDriveTypeAutoRun”.
If it doesn’t exist, create a new 32-bit DWORD with the name “NoDriveTypeAutoRun” and assign the hex value 000000FF (Decimal 255).

Restart
Reverse these steps if you would like to enable autorun.
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by:nobus
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what brand is this flash drive?  some (like U3) need a special spoftware to disable their soft
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PERFECT Thanks!
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