Longtion AutoRun CD Menu Software - Create autorun CD menu
for CD, DVD and USB stick.
What is it?
Autorun.inf is the primary instruction file associated with the Autorun
function. Autorun.inf itself is a simple text-based configuration file
that tells the operating system which executable to start, which icon
to use, and which additional menu commands to make available. In other
words, autorun.inf tells Windows how to deal open the presentation and
treat the contents of the CD.
The entire sequence is initiated when the "disk change notifcation"
polling discovers a new disk in the CD or DVD ROM drive. Then, if the
"Auto insert notification" feature is enabled (it is by default),
Windows checks in the new disk's root directory for the existence of an
"autorun.inf" file. If found, Windows then reads and follows the
specific instructions this file defines. If no autorun.inf file is
found, then Windows refers to the new disk by its serial number and
executes the default actions associated with the (data or audio)
content on the disk.
The Autorun.inf file defines the following:
Autorun.inf Defines the
following: The process or
application that will automatically run when a disk is inserted
Automatically run when CD is
inserted Optionally, one can
define the process or application that will run for specific Operating
Icon Representing CD or DVD The
icon that will represent your application's CD or DVD when the drive is
viewed with My Computer or Explorer.
Menu Commands when CD-ROM is
clicked Menu commands displayed
when the user right-clicks the CD-ROM icon from My Computer or Explorer.
A simple Autorun.inf example:
How to make an Autorun CD
Autorun is a feature of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The
Autorun feature detects when a CD is inserted into the CD-ROM drive and
runs an application based on the contents of the Autorun.inf file
located on the CD.
Autorun is enabled by the new 32-bit, protected-mode driver
architecture in Microsoft Windows. Because the operating system can now
detect the insertion of media in a CD-ROM drive, it has the opportunity
to do some intelligent processing whenever this occurs.
When a CD is inserted into the CD-ROM drive, the operating system
checks for a file named Autorun.inf in the root directory of the CD.
This file contains a pointer to an executable file.
To create an Autorun-enabled CD-ROM, proceed as follows:
Create an Autorun.inf File Autorun.inf
is a text file that is located in the root folder of your application
CD-ROM. It provides to the computer the name and the location of the
startup program for your application that is installed when the CD-ROM
is inserted. The Autorun.inf file can also contain optional information
including the following:
The name of a file that contains an icon
that represents your application's CD-ROM drive. This icon appears in
Windows Explorer instead of the standard drive icon.
Additional commands for the shortcut
menu that appears when the user right-clicks the CD-ROM icon. You can
also specify the default command that runs when the user double-clicks
the icon. Autorun.inf files are similar to .ini files.
The [autorun] section contains the
default Autorun commands. All Autorun.inf files must have an [autorun]
icon: Specifies the path and the file
name of an application-specific icon for the CD-ROM drive.
open: Specifies the path and the file
name of the startup application.
The following is an example of a simple Autorun.inf file. It specifies
Filename.exe as the startup application. The second icon represents the
CD-ROM drive instead of the standard drive icon.
How to Configure Windows 7 AutoPlay from the
There is an individual AutoPlay enable / disable setting for every type
of Windows 7 media or device. Here is where you configure the
default settings for each media.
Click on the Start 'Orb', Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, AutoPlay.
Windows 7 AutoPlay
It is worth scrolling down the list in your Control Panel just to see
the sheer scale of the media that you can enable or disable for
AutoPlay. There are at least 4 options for each type of
media. When you have finished you can either save, or else
reset the defaults.
Note: The Windows 7 AutoPlay setting is in the Hardware and Sound
folder, this is a slightly different location from XP.
Windows 7 default menu: