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07-Jun-2004, 04:47 PM #1
Shortcut in CD Burn
I am trying to create a cd for use with my customers. I have a presentation prepared by my company that requires multiple files to run. The .exe file has to be in the same folder as these required files. I want to create a shortcut so that when the CD is browsed the shortcut and folder is all they see, rather than have to find the .exe file. I can do this with a standard shortcut on my desktop, but if I burn that to a cd, it looks for the path on the desktop rather than a path within the cd.

I want to keep this easy for non-literate people to easily double click on the only icon showing on the CD when they open the drive option.

Any help on how I can do this?
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07-Jun-2004, 05:00 PM #2
Your biggest problem is going to be is what letter the cd rom drive of the local PC has been assigned

You could try using something along the lines of "..\filename.exe" as the pathname in the hyperlink
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07-Jun-2004, 05:09 PM #3
If it is an executable you can use an autorun.inf file that will start the executable for them. More info on the cration and use of the file:

http://www.cdmenupro.com/autorun_inf.htm
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07-Jun-2004, 05:21 PM #4
Need a path
Trying \filename doesn't work. It needs a valid path.

Is there any way to designate a path within the cd not knowing the drive letter it will be in?

I use nero to burn. Is there any way within nero to do this rather than predefining the shortcut?
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07-Jun-2004, 05:25 PM #5
Rockn Help me please
That sounds like a solution, but I need quick help on how to do it?

Could you walk me through it?
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07-Jun-2004, 05:31 PM #6
THe example is there on the link I gave you. Open notepad, paste the example I gave you and save it as autorun.txt and then rename it from in Windows Explorer. Once it is done burn it to the CD with the application but make sure it is in the root of the CD-ROM you burn.

[AutoRun]
open=filename.exe
icon=CD-Icon.ico (only if you want a custom icon otherwise delete the line)
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07-Jun-2004, 05:50 PM #7
Did you use the Quotation marks?
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07-Jun-2004, 06:17 PM #8
still cant get syntax right
it seems to be autoloading, but I get a path error. Access denied

I have the .exe file in a folder called files and my filename is below. This is one of a few versions I have tried:

[AutoRun]
open=\files\NOVA CCx Demo.exe

Where am I wrong on syntax
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07-Jun-2004, 06:36 PM #9
You know when you put your Windows 98SE disk in the drive you get that big blue menu box? Well this is how the autorun is written for it:

[autorun]
OPEN=CDSAMPLE\AUTORUN\AUTORUN.EXE
ICON=CDSAMPLE\AUTORUN\WIN98CD.ICO


CDSAMPLE\AUTORUN\AUTORUN.EXE is the path to the program.
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07-Jun-2004, 07:12 PM #10
Angry No luck yet
With my folder name and filename, can anyone just syntax this for me? I am just not getting it. I know I am close. It is trying to load.

Again, the folder where the .exe file is located is "Files", and the filename is "NOVA CCx Demo.exe
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07-Jun-2004, 07:19 PM #11
[autorun]
OPEN=FILES\NOVA CCx DEMO.EXE

Is that how you're writing it?
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07-Jun-2004, 07:51 PM #12
Angry No luck
Yes. That is how I am trying. Copied your text and re-tried. Received Access to specified path, device or file is denied.

This file does work if I burn and double click the .exe. I just wanted to reduce the clutter by putting everything into the "Files" folder and either creating a single shortcut or autorun file so people wouldn't have to browse through a bunch of clutter to find the files.

Any other suggestions.
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07-Jun-2004, 07:59 PM #13
Can you just temporarily rename the .exe file so it reads like this:

Demo.exe

then try this:

[autorun]
OPEN=FILES\DEMO.EXE
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07-Jun-2004, 08:03 PM #14
Thumbs down I give up
Thanks for the help. I am just going to leave the clutter and let them deal with it. Thought I could set up a shortcut and put everything else in a folder to look nice. When that seemed too difficult to figure out a path, the autorun was a good option, but no luck. So I will take my ball and go home.

Thanks again for the effort.
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07-Jun-2004, 11:03 PM #15
You may need to put the path in quotes if there are spaces in the filename or path.

A while back we used to recommend programs that would create a cd startup menu. But I dont remember what they were.

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