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Windows 7: No Autorun?

02 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
No Autorun?

OK, so I'm not sure why this is happening...

For some reason it seems that autorun prompts are entirely disabled on my laptop, I'll put in a CD and nothing happens, I plug in a hard drive and nothing happens, etc. I don't get the options window like I did before I did a clean install.

I even did a reset of the settings:

And that didn't help. I set them all to "Ask me every time", but still, nothing.

Another question I had... Once I GET autorun working, is there a way to add an option to the list of choices? I use Media Player Classic for video DVDs, and in XP I actually HAD that on the list - but for some reason it's not there anymore. It just has WMP, VLC, and a couple other ripping programs I have installed. I want to have the option to play my DVDs with MPC - right now I have to keep manually opening MPC and doing it.

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02 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello DrfSuperCenter,

The AutoPlay feature has been disabled for external storage devices, except for Microsoft certified programs, for security reasons. This way malware will not have a chance to autorun by mistake using AutoPlay from a external device. You will have to manually open and run these instead.

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02 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04

I'm aware of that - but usually when I put in a CD it'll say something like "Run Setup.exe" or "Open folder to view files".

I mean, literally, NOTHING pops up. It used to.
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02 Oct 2009   #4

Windows Seven x64

There is a difference between Autoplay and Autorun functions.

(I am going to looking around the web for the answer)

From what I am getting is that your Autorun and or Autoplay has been disabled..
Did you install anything before this started happening..
When you say clean install what are you installing? The OS?
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02 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04

Yes, clean install of the OS.

My hard drive broke, so I got a replacement from Seagate and then just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on it. I don't think Autoplay worked at all.

I don't know if some other program did it - all I know is if I insert a CD I don't get that option, and I liked being able to just click "Run setup.exe" and not have to manually browse and run the file.
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02 Oct 2009   #6

Windows Seven x64

I know Windows 7 disabled autorun.inf in USB drives because of viruses but The CD and DVD drive should work..

and you did a fresh clean install of Windows 7
Try this... This came from Microsoft Support ..
  1. Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. At the command prompt, type net start shellhwdetection, and then press Enter.
  3. Restart your computer.
Hope This Helps..
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02 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04

C:\Users\Danny>net start shellhwdetection
The requested service has already been started.

More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2182.
Any ideas? :/
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02 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

If you want a CD to run when you put it in, click on Computer, then click on your CD drive. You can 'open' files from there.
See this link
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02 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04

That's what I do.

But it used to give a screen like:

Any idea how to get that back?
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02 Oct 2009   #10

Windows Seven x64

Try this..
  1. Click the Start button and go to your search bar(at the bottom of your Start Menu) and type services.
  2. You should see under programs the name Services with two gears as icons Click on that program.
  3. A window should pop up and scroll down until you see Shell Hardware Detection
  4. Right Click and Select Properties
  5. Another window should pop up and make sure you are in the General Tab and look until you see Startup Type make sure it is Automatic...
If it is set right then your Autoplay is working...

Also Try this..

If that is the case put a BLANK CD or DVD in the CD tray does anything come up?? (Something should come up)

If so then Autoplay is working..
If not then it has to be something with Control Panel in the Autoplay settings...

I have no more ideas I have tried them ALL...
I Hope this Helps...

EDIT: There is registry edit (I think) I will have to check on that to make sure..
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