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HOWTO: Create an AutoRun (or AutoPlay) CD-ROM

Article Created: 2003-10-19 07:40 GMT by Jordan Russell
Last Updated: 2003-10-19 07:43 GMT by Jordan Russell

If your installation is distributed on a CD-ROM, you may want to automatically run the installer or some sort of menu application when users insert the CD-ROM.

This can be accomplished by creating a file named Autorun.inf in the root directory of the CD-ROM. It points to the name of an executable to run when the CD-ROM is inserted. Here is an example of what an Autorun.inf file may look like:


For full details on Autorun.inf files, see the article Creating an AutoRun-Enabled Application on Microsoft's web site.

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