To create an AutoPlay CD, you include an AUTORUN.INF file in the root directory of the CD in the following format:
OPEN=<executable program to run>
ICON=<icon to show in Windows Explorer>
If you don't have an icon to display, you can omit the ICON
entry. The AutoPlay feature in Windows doesn't call the Win32 ShellExecute()
API, so you're limited to .exe
files for the OPEN
entry. That's a problem, because you want to launch a .HTA
file. Fortunately, the solution is relatively simplecreate a short EXE program that calls ShellExecute()
. The AUTORUN.EXE
program included with the sample calls ShellExecute()
for you, so it can launch an HTA file.
The sample AUTORUN.EXE
stub program accepts a single command-line argumentthe name of the file to run, so if you wanted to the launcher to start an autorun.hta
application, your AUTORUN.INF
file would look like this:
If the ShellExecute()
function returns an error (as it would if the target computer doesn't have Internet Explorer 5 or greater), the autorun stub opens the CD root directory in Windows Explorer.
shows the the AUTORUN.EXE
source code. You don't need a C compiler to use the sample code unless you want to modify the Autorun.exe program itself.