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This tutorial will show you what you should do to make your flash-based CD menu or SWF flash presentation run automatically from a CD, DVD or USB stick when it is inserted into a computer.

Turn your SWF project into EXE application

First, you should compile your flash-based CD menu or SWF flash presentation into executable EXE file. You can use Chameleon Flash ( for this purpose. It enables you to create CD menus and presentations with many features from SWF flash projects.

See how to create a CD menu in the “How to create an autorun CD menu for a DVD, CD and USB stick?” tutorial

Setup the autorun.inf

For the presentation or CD menu to run automatically, the CD, DVD or USB stick must contain a special file named autorun.inf in its root directory. This file contains instructions as to what action to perform when the CD is inserted.

Keep in mind that autorun can be disabled on some systems. However, even when autorun is disabled, a double click on a drive containing AUTORUN.INF in its root directory will still activate AutoRun.

To create the autorun.inf file:

1. Open Notepad or another plain text editor.

2. Enter the following text:

label=My Application

Replace app.exe with the name of the executable file of your presentation or CD menu. The “open” instruction tells the system what file must be run automatically. The “icon” instruction specifies the icon that represents the autorun-enabled drive in the Windows user interface. It can be the name of an .ico, .bmp, .exe, or .dll file containing the icon information. The “label” instruction specifies the text label that represents the autorun-enabled drive in the Windows user interface. It can contain spaces and should be no longer than 32 characters.

All file paths are specified relatively to autorun.inf. Thus, for example, if the CD menu, presentation or application is stored in the Data directory, the text in autorun.inf will look like this:

label=My Application

Detailed information about all available autorun instructions is available at the Microsoft site:

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2007-09-20
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Chameleon Flash is a software program transforming SWF flash projects into EXE applications and SCR screensavers.
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