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Error Message: Windows Cannot Find Autorun.exe

This article was previously published under Q153981
When you are viewing drives in My Computer, one or more of the drives mayhave an incorrect icon associated with it. When you double-click the iconto view the contents of the drive, the following error message may bedisplayed:
Program Not Found
Windows cannot find Autorun.exe.
This program is needed for opening files of type 'File'.
You are then prompted for the location of the Autorun.exe file.
An Autorun.inf file exists in the root folder of the drive.
Delete or rename the Autorun.inf file in the root folder of the affecteddrive.
The Autorun.inf file is used with CD-ROMs to automatically run specifiedprograms. When a non-CD-ROM drive contains an Autorun.inf file, AutoPlay isstarted when you double-click the drive's icon. AutoPlay attempts to loadAutorun.exe (which is not present) to read the Autorun.inf file.

If the Autorun.exe file is also present in the root folder, the actionsspecified in the Autorun.inf file are carried out if possible.

Article ID: 153981 - Last Review: 11/15/2006 17:19:23 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • kberrmsg KB153981