I was attempting to create a bootable USB drive for the Windows operating system fresh install, and came across this nifty trick, but not what I was looking for.
What an AutoRun flash drive will be able to do, is when you plug the USB stick into a Windows computer, it will pop up and attempt to AutoRun. This is common for DVDs, that AutoRun some kind of media software and attempt to play the movie or music on the disc. Some artists may use this if they choose to start sending their USB stick in the mail, rather than a CD, or anybody who creates a portfolio that they send off in the mail.
Windows detects the arrival and checks the contents for a special file containing a set of instructions. For a commercial application, these instructions normally initiate installation of the software from the CD-ROM. To maximise the likelihood of installation success, AutoRun also acts when the drive is accessed. ~Wikipedia
How to create the autorun USB flash drive:
- Open Notepad ( start -> run -> notepad , or also found in your applications )
Label=My Portable PC
- Save this file onto the USB flash drive with the name autorun.inf
NOTE: MyApp is the name of your program that you want to run.
If you’re interested in reading or learning more, head to the Wikipedia page for a start, where you’ll learn the difference between AutoPlay and AutoRun also.
As a side note, Microsoft has a system monitoring program called Autoruns and Autorunsc that you can monitor which programs are automatically running on your computer, for those of you really nerdy folks out there.
Special thanks to Visual Designing for their helpful article on this.