This tutorial will be helpful for those who use a lot of good portable software applications which they carry around in portable usb drives. You many some time need to auto start a portable application or file from USB drive.
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Automatically Run USB Programs When USB Flash Drives are Inserted to you PC
#1: Using Software to automatically Launch Programs from USB Drive
* AutoRunnerX : Windows XP and Vista does not have such feature which can automatically start any program or application from USB flash drive. Here is the solution, AutoRunnerX A freeware application which provides autostart-extension for all Windows operating system.
It can start any Program, Applications or Files from USB Flash Drive or hard disk at the startup of windows once installed AutoRunnerX can be configured from control panel.
Download AutoRunnerX : Link
* USB AutoRunner : Create your own auto run program for files, pictures, videos or any executable applications with a free utility named as USB AutoRunner.
To create auto run program for any file or application by using USB AutoRunner, the file or application must be kept into USB device and the USB device must be inserted into USB 2.0 Port.
Download USB AutoRunner 1.0 : Link
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#2: Manually Create an Autorun.inf File in the USB Drive to Automatically Run Programs
Basically the Autorun.inf file found in CD/DVDs will not work in case of USB Flash Drive. Instead there is a Windows menu shown, that contains a list of actions (commands) you can do on the USB drive.
It is very simple to use the ACTION command in an Autorun.inf file. Below we show an example of how this command can be used:
[AutoRun] OPEN=MYAPP.EXE ICON=MYAPP.EXE ACTION=Start my application
In this example the ACTION command will place the text “Start my application” in the AutoPlay dialog box in Windows. The item with this text is placed as the first item and it is also selected by default. Next to the text, the icon specified by the ICON command is shown. And when the user chooses the selected item, the program file specified by the OPEN command is launched.
Just Replace MYAPP.EXE with the executable or program you want to launch automatically from the usb.
These are the two ways I know how to start USB programs automatically. Leave you comments or Suggestions.
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