If you ever wanted full control over the autoplay feature of your Windows operating system you may want to take a look at the free software autoplay Repair which gives you excellent control over every aspect of the autoplay feature.
Since there are different autoplay menus for different kinds of media and devices inserted or connected to the PC, you may select to remove, modify or add options for those menus. It is furthermore possible to disable the feature for drive letters. If your don't want the autoplay feature for your CD writer for instance, you can disable it in the program easily.
You can - and should - use the program's backup feature to create a backup of your settings before you start to make any modifications. This enables you to restore them in case you are making an error and want to revert to the original settings or start anew. Last but not least Autoplay Repair offers a great overview of the most used locations for autoruns. Makes it pretty easy to remove programs that run on system start. Still, the main feature is of course the total control over all aspects of autoplay in Windows.
Update: The program is no longer available on the developer website. You can try Clean Handlers instead which provides nearly the same functionality. You can use the program to cleanup unwanted handlers, which includes deleting and fixing invalid, defect or malicious handlers that you do not want on your PC.
You can furthermore use the program to scan the system for autoplay handlers. This generates a report automatically that you can use to analyze how a PC is configured currently.
Most users may want to use the scan and fix option instead which fixes all issues automatically. A Registry backup is created automatically.
Another option is to remove handlers manually from the Windows Registry. Only tech savvy users should choose that option. The handlers are listed in the following two locations in the Windows Registry:
Make sure you backup the keys manually before you make changes to the Registry.
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