AutoRun is a core features of Windows operating systems. Introduced as far back as Windows 95, AutoRun is invoked when an appropriately configured CD or DVD is inserted in the the computers optical drive. Windows then detects this and checks the root of the CD or DVD for a special instructions. Once detected the instructions are performed and are then executed. Usually this is the automatic start of the installation of software on the CD or DVD.
For various modern security reasons, most notably virus and spyware activity the disabling of autorun is encouraged on both home and corporate computers. You can disable autorun by following the simple steps below.
Following these steps to disable autorun:
- Open registry editor.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom.
- Right click on AutoRun String and select Modify.
- Change the value to 0.
- Click OK.