Autorun feature allow a CD/DVD to run automatically , then allow a pop up window to let the user decide to run it or not. It is the same with USB devices. Whenever a USB drive is connected, a pop opens automatically, then allow user to decide whether he wants to open the folders, run a file or simply close it.
Autorun is sometimes considered a security threat as it allows some programs to run automatically as soon as a CD/DVD or a USB device is connected. Even though UAC (User Account Control) feature restricts programs from running automatically, it is still possible for some programs especially malware programs to circumvent those restrictions and run the program anyway.
The autorun feature may get disabled because of multiple reasons. Some security software’s and system tools disable it automatically for security purpose. Conflicts with third party software is also another reason for disabling autorun.
If you would like to get back the autorun feature running, try these steps.
How to fix autorun feature in Windows 7
- Open command prompt with administrator rights. ( Type cmd in search window, right click on cmd in the search list, select Run as Administrator)
Now use the command net start shellhwdetection.
Once the service is successfully started, the autorun feature will run automatically.
- If the issue is still not fixed, go to this Microsoft link. Run the Fix it tool. This should help you fix the problem.
If you find the autorun feature is disabled frequently, you need to check if any of the system optimization tools or security software is disabling it by default. Configure it properly to allow autorun feature.
Also Read: Disable Autorun in Windows 8 and 8.1