Making an auto run cd?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by C. Freeman, Apr 28, 2005.

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  1. C. Freeman

    C. Freeman Guest

    Hi All,

    Can any of you fine people explain to me how I can go about making a cd that will auto run when I put the cd in the cd rom/dvd player. I don't want any of the programs on the cd to auto run or auto install off the disk, I would just like it to run automatically when the cd is put in, and display a window with what is on the cd. Maybe some free program that can do this? I'm certainly not an expert so the more basic the better.

    I will be giving the cds to others who probably won't know how to make adjustments in Windows to make a cd auto start. A free program that could install something while the cd is being burned, that would then make the cd auto start, and display a window that lists what is on the cd, would be ideal.

    Thanks if anyone can help me out.
  2. Primrose

    Primrose Registered Member

    Sep 21, 2002
    Did you try here ?

    Make an Autorun CD-ROM
    To make a CD-ROM run a program automatically you use a file named autorun.inf

    You create the file autorun.inf in a text editor like Notepad. The file autorun.inf is than located on the CD's root directory. The first line of the file needs to say


    add a second line with "open=" and the program desired.

    For example an autorun.inf file like this

    [autorun]open=explorer.exe /n,/e,.

    would make the CD open up Windows Explorer.

    Rather than launch an executable you can have Windows launch an html file, use the following for example

    [autorun]open=start.exe yourfilename.html

    With that you can have the CD launch a web page that then provides navigation to content on the CD.
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