Under Windows Operating Systems
, inserting a CD
into your CD drive
) will commonly cause a program to run. Audio CDs
cause the program associated with audio CDs
or Windows Media Player
) to start, while data CDs
commonly cause a developer
-specified program to run (usually an install executable
Autorun (aka autoplay) data CDs check for a file named AUTORUN.INF in the root directory of the CD in order to determine which program to execute.
Your typical AUTORUN.INF:
How to (temporarily) disable autoplay/autorun:
Hold down the left shift key until the CD drive has finished its initial spin.
How to (permanently) disable autoplay/autorun:
- Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
- Double-click the System icon
- Under the Device Manager tab, click the plus sign next to 'CDROM'
- Double-click the entry for your CD drive
- Under the Settings tab, uncheck the Auto Insert Notification box