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Is it possible to prevent or disable autorun/autoplay/device-stage by modifying regedit?

Because of some constraints, I cannot disable by Control Panel options.

I found some related questions here, for example, and some solutions provided by Microsoft, mainly involving this key on regedit:


But none of these solutions worked, neither after rebooting.

Is there any other key or value that controls this kind of property?


I don't have physical access to the computer, this is my two options are:

Do this through some script that modify a key/value from registry or programmatically.

Edit 2:

Changing the value of NoDriveTypeAutorun above to 0xFF disabled AutoPlay for media files but not for devices.

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Uh, generally... if you can't do it with control panel, you AIN'T gonna be able to do it with regedit... can you even RUN regedit? and edit/save the registry? Lockdowns are for a reason. Not always a GOOD reason... but someone had a reason. Try holding SHIFT when you insert your device, it'll disable auto-run for that insertion. – lornix Jul 5 '12 at 9:11
Precisely what kind of "AutoPlay" are you referring to? Because "Autoplay for devices" doesn't really make sense. A USB mouse doesn't have Autoplay; it has driver installation. – MSalters Jul 5 '12 at 15:22
When a camera is plugged into usb port for example. It initiates the device stage feature ( – coelhudo Jul 5 '12 at 16:50

Try holding SHIFT when you insert your device, it'll disable auto-run for that insertion.

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I don't have physical access to the computer. – coelhudo Jul 5 '12 at 14:03
Well, THAT wasn't specified in the original question. But ok... – lornix Jul 5 '12 at 15:53
Yeah, I know, I made wrong assumptions when I said that I had "some constraints". Sorry and thanks for helping. – coelhudo Jul 5 '12 at 16:51
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I found it. There is two categories:

- AutoPlay Turn On/Off



to 0 to turn on and 1 to turn off.




the value with the mask to turn off. To turn on just apply the default value (0x91 or 0x95).

- Nonvolume Devices




to 1

Remove value



Remove both values

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\NoAutoplayfornonVolume HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\NoAutoplayfornonVolume

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