Autoplay Cleanup and Removal

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 15, 2008
Updated • Feb 14, 2013
Software, Windows

When you right-click a CD, DVD or removable drive and select Properties from the menu you find a Autoplay tab there that displays applications for discs that are put into the drive. An action like playing or opening can be selected, or to be prompted every time a new disc is inserted into the drive.

It sometimes happens that entries are still listed in the menu even though the application the entry links to has been removed from the system. You may also want to fix entries that show up blank, or entries that display a need provider text instead.

The software Clean Handlers can fix those defect or invalid Autoplay handlers. It can scan for and fix invalid entries in the lists, and delete Autoplay handlers that are not needed or valid anymore.

The program can scan for and repair invalid Autoplay handlers automatically. It creates a backup of Registry keys automatically so that it is possible to restore the data if the repair did not work out as intended.

It is alternatively possible to remove entries manually from the Windows Registry. Make sure you backup the Registry before you start making modifications.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AutoplayHandlers \ Handlers \

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AutoplayHandlers \ EventHandlers \

I have for example no intention to display images on media with Opera which is why I decided to remove it from the list. Not that I use the Autoplay feature at all. I prefer to be in control and select what I want to do with inserted media.

Update: The program has been last updated in 2004. While not officially supporting Windows 7, it is at least compatible with the operating system. Users can alternatively download Autoplay Repair from Microsoft. The program, while still available at the Microsoft Download Center, is even older as the listed program.

Update 2: Autoplay Repair has been removed from the Microsoft server.


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  1. jhon said on November 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm


  2. dohya said on March 26, 2008 at 6:19 pm


  3. yogaf said on January 15, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Another utility is Autoplay Repair-
    very nice GUI, give it a try.

  4. Asher said on January 15, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Awsome program!
    I have been wanting something like this for awhile.

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