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Disable Scan and Fix for Removable Drives in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

As soon as a new removable media is inserted into USB port in Windows 7 computer the operating system automatically asks to scan and fix the errors if the media contains any. From the security point of view this configuration which is by default enabled is quite helpful in production and home environments. However the drawback of this feature is that if the media contains any virus applications they can automatically be initiated and can harm the computers. At the places where strong antivirus applications are installed on computers users need not worry about this and they can leave the configuration intact whereas when computers at home and no strong anti-virus applications are installed sometimes users may want to disable this feature so that they may not harm their computer systems accidentally or unwantedly. As a Windows 7 administrator if you want to disable this feature you need to modify the services and the steps to which are given as below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with the account that has elevated privileges that is administrator account.

  2. At the bottom of start menu in search box type SERVICES.MSC and press enter key.

  3. On the opened window double-click on Shell Hardware Detection service and the opened properties box click on Stop button on General tab.

  4. Click on Apply button and then from the available Startup type drop-down list choose Disabled.

  5. Finally click on Ok button to save the changes you have made and if required restart your computer.