Create your own autorun CD or DVD
It is easy to
create an autorun CD or DVD for Windows and all it takes are a few files (which
we've supplied for free). The technique can be used to open other file types,
but HTML is used for a reason: it is the most commonly supported by Windows
(most PCs have a Web browser) and it is flexible. You could use it to open
other files, such as a Powerpoint presentation, but it would require the end
user to have Powerpoint or the Powerpoint viewer on their system.
The autorun zip file we've
prepared contains everything you need to autorun a CD and open a HTML file. So
download a copy - it's tiny and free - see above for the download link.
So why can't an autorun open a
HTML directly? It is because a Windows autorun can only open an application
(program) not a data file (eg HTML). You cannot tell an autorun to directly
open a HTML file. Try it, and nothing will happen. To get around his problem,
we are using a .bat file which Windows will treat as a program. This special
file will then open the HTML file.
Assembling the CD
Download and copy the files to
your root directory of the CD. These are: autorun.inf, autorun.bat and
index.html. You can put all sorts of files on the rest of the CD. They won't
affect the autorun. You can test the autorun by burning the three files to the
root directory of a test CD-R. Open the CD drive and close it again. Viola, you
have just created your own autorun HTML CD. You should change the contents of
index.html to whatever you need. The index.html supplied is only a test page.
Changes you can make
The autorun can open any type of
file and display any message you want. To make changes, open Windows Notepad
(do not use Word, WordPad or other Word processors). Now open the autorun.bat
file from within Notepad. The order is important, if you double-click the
autorun.bat file, it will try to run. So open NotePad and select File-Open and
choose the autorun.bat file. You'll see four lines of code.
The first line after @echo
(remember the space) will appear as a comment in the autorun launch Window.
This comment will be seen very briefly by your end-users. It can be changed to
anything you want, but since it only appears for a second or less, don't make
it too wordy. If you wanted to say 'The CD is loading now...', the first line
of code will look like:
@echo The CD is loading now...
The second line of the code tells
the .bat file to open to your index.html file. If want to open a file by
another file (eg readme.txt), then it would read:
Make sure you leave the last two
lines untouched (@cls and @exit) - they must always appear last. Save the
changes and you are done. That that's all you need to create your own HTML
on Dec 22, 2009 | Computers & Internet