Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Runs When Double-Clicking a Drive in Windows XP

After using the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to collect files and settings in the source computer running Windows XP, you may notice that the Windows Easy Transfer wizard runs every time when the drive is double-clicked in My Computer. Also, the drive icon is changed, representing the Windows Easy Transfer program icon.

This happens if the Windows Easy Transfer wizard is copied to the drive root rather than to a folder. When the Windows Easy Transfer wizard’s files are copied to a shared drive, it also creates an Autorun.inf file containing the following contents:

[autorun.amd64]
action=Install Windows Easy Transfer onto your old PC.
shellexecute=.\WindowsEasyTransfer\amd64\.\MigSetup.exe
icon=.\WindowsEasyTransfer\amd64\.\MigSetup.exe,0

[autorun]
action=Install Windows Easy Transfer onto your old PC.
shellexecute=.\WindowsEasyTransfer\x86\.\MigSetup.exe
icon=.\WindowsEasyTransfer\x86\.\MigSetup.exe,0

This causes Windows Easy Transfer wizard to run whenever the drive is double-clicked in Windows Explorer.

To resolve the problem, open Windows Explorer, delete the file Autorun.inf from the drive’s root and restart Windows. If the Windows Easy Transfer wizard was already run, you may delete the WindowsEasyTransfer folder as well.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

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