Issues after Autoplay is disabled in Group Policy
This article describes the issues that occur after Autoplay is disabled in Group Policy and provides resolutions.
Applies to: Supported versions of Windows Client
Original KB number: 2328787, 3096935
After Autoplay is disabled in Group Policy, you experience the following issues:
- HotStart buttons don't work when Autoplay is disabled.
- Autoplay Group Policy doesn't lock the Autoplay setting in Control Panel or the Settings app.
HotStart buttons don't work when Autoplay is disabled
You have a laptop running Windows 7 with HotStart buttons. When Autoplay is disabled on all drives in the Group Policy setting, the HotStart buttons don't work.
When you disable Autoplay on all drives in the Group Policy setting, the Autoplay registry value is set to
0xFF, which causes the HotStart buttons to not work.
Change the setting by using Local Group Policy Editor
Here are the steps:
Select Start, enter gpedit.msc in the Start search box, and then press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password, or select Allow.
Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies, and double-click Turn off Autoplay.
Select Enabled, and then select CD-ROM and removable media drives in the drop-down list of Turn off Autoplay on.
By selecting this option, the Autoplay registry value is set to
0xB5. Random access memory (RAM) drives are the only ones still enabled. Any other drives like unknown type drives, removable drives, network drives, and CD-ROM drives are disabled.
If you experience this issue on a domain-joined system, contact the domain administrator for assistance. Your system settings have been synchronized to the domain server.
Change the NoDriveTypeAutoRun value data
As an optional resolution for operating systems that don't include gpedit.msc, you can directly change the
NoDriveTypeAutoRun value data other than
0xFF in the following registry path:
Autoplay Group Policy doesn't lock the Autoplay setting in Control Panel or the Settings app
When an administrator configures the Group Policy Turn off Autoplay, the AutoPlay settings in Control Panel or the Settings app may still be available.
This is an unexpected behavior but is by design. Most Group Policy settings lock a user out of the User Interface (UI) if a Group Policy is controlling the setting. The Group Policy setting takes precedence over any changes made to the Autoplay UI by an end user.