Microsoft small business knowledge base

Article ID: 895108 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.2


Consider the following scenario:
  • You manually change the NoDriveTypeAutoRun subkey value by using Registry Editor.
  • You add the computer to an Active Directory domain.
The NoDriveTypeAutoRun subkey value is reset to one of the following original default values:

Collapse this tableExpand this table
Operating systemDefault value
Microsoft Windows Server 20030x95
Microsoft Windows XP0x91
Microsoft Windows 20000x95


To work around this issue, cancel the Turn off Autoplay policy setting selection in the Active Directory domain environment as follows:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Expand User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then expand System.
  3. Double-click the Turn off Autoplay policy.
  4. Select Disabled, click Apply, and then click OK.

    Note In Windows 2000, the policy setting is named Disable Autoplay.


When the NoDriveTypeAutoRun subkey value is reset to one of the original default values, the computer that you added to an Active Directory domain can use functions that the Turn off Autoplay policy setting supports.

The Turn off Autoplay policy setting is based on the following registry key and value pair.
Key Name: NoDriveTypeAutoRun


This behavior is by design.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
kbtshoot kbprb KB895108
Additional support options
Ask The Microsoft Small Business Support Community
Contact Microsoft Small Business Support
Find Microsoft Small Business Support Certified Partner
Find a Microsoft Store For In-Person Small Business Support