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In a previous Instructable, I went over this quickly and did not explain it very well. I was asked to make a full Instructable on Autorun.inf files, and here it is.

An Autorun.inf file is a file that, when placed on a drive (internal or external), will allow the drive to start programs, have a different icon than the standard boring one (LOTS OF FUN TO MESS WITH), and have a different name. The syntax is "option=value". Examples will be given later on.

Continue if you want to learn more.

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Step 1: A Basic Autorun File

In this step, we will make a basic, do-nothing Autorun file. All that will change is the name of the USB drive, and the icon that goes with it.

Open Notepad (or Notepad++ or what ever you use) and type the following:

autorun
icon=NAME.ico
label=NAME

BEFORE YOU SAVE IT!
Where it says autorun, insert brackets around the word. I cannot type this in the Instructable, as it the Instructable creating software would turn the word into a link. Refer to the picture for the correct format.

Here is what you typed:
autorun: This states that this is an Autorun file, and what follows describes what the drive will look like and how it will act.

icon: This will change the icon of the drive (in the "My Computer" screen) to a custom one that you choose. The picture you choose must be an icon file (it must have the extension ".ico"). You can get pictures of that format from http://www.iconarchive.com/ and many other websites.

label: This will change the name of the drive to whatever you choose, as long as what you choose does not contain too many characters.

OK. Save the file to the main directory on your drive ("My Computer, Removable Drive X"). Eject the drive, then plug it back in. If you saved it to an internal hard drive, you will have to restart the computer.

If you are adding an icon to the drive, you will need to have an icon file to go use. An icon file is NOT a picture you got off the internet. It must have the extension ".ico". If it does not, then it will not work. Place the icon in the same directory as the Autorun file. Once you have done this, go back into the Autorun file and change the line that says icon=NAME.ico to have the name of the icon (keep the part that has the ".ico".
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JakaramaO15 days ago

For some reason my open, action, and shell command won't work.

[AutoRun]

Icon=Mathijssen-Tuxlets-Balloon-Tux.ico

label= 2gb

open=scratch\2d_brawler.sb

Action=Start scratch

shell\lost\command=Lost.bat

shell\lost=Help! I'm Lost

I'm PRETTY certain that open was removed in win 7 for security reasons, however I'm unsure of the rest.

vigneshb155 months ago

HI guys,

I am using windows 8, I want to run AppName application(.exe) while insert a Pen drive on my pc.

This is my autorun.inf file in Pen drive.

Here i notified that label, icon are displayed. But the exe is not executed. (Open Command doesn't work for me)

[autorun]

label=LAVA

ICON=.\DESK.ico,0

open=AppName.exe

Any suggestions please.....???

goodiesohhi8 months ago
Starting from windows 7 autoplay from Removable disks have been restricted due to security purposes everything but the icon and label line is ignored....
It still works with CD/ROMS
Stan20008 months ago
you guys are all saying that it doesnt work on windows 7 and 8 but can someone please post a way to pass the security of windows?
kysinden11 months ago
Windows 7 prevents the use of custom autruns as it makes viruses extremely easy to spread virus and stuff/thangs.
the autorun not working for me.WHY?????????
fahmad31 year ago
The problem is windows 7, I tried on win XP and it worked fine, it also works for vista
fahmad31 year ago
The icons are fine but this isnt working, please help
fahmad31 year ago
This isnt working
I created an autorun like this:
[autorun]
label=gta_san
icon=icon.ico
shell\lost\command=Autorun.exe
shell\lost=Install
fahmad31 year ago
Thanks, this information was very helpful,

Can you make an instructable on "How to Create Log Files"
I'll be very thankful my email is: carljhonson623@gmail.com
Thanks
achhabra11 year ago
how to make autorun of devicon.fil and devlogo.fil files?????
parth_13132 years ago
Hello I m new out here .
Can v make 2 autorun files in a single pendrive
my auto run:

[autorun]
open=beaboss.exe
action=Be a boss!
icon=HD Box2.ico
label=MurphDrive

Wy won't it run?
action=Be a boss!

You are not allowed to use strange characters in this small batch script.
Thats why it dont works.
thanks
pfouquet3 years ago
Here is my auto run,
[Autorun]
Icon=usb.ico
Open=Portable Apps\StartPortableApps.exe
Action=Start PortableApps
Label=PierreFouquet

although i cannot open the program with it,
my usb is on my F: drive, and the dir of the files is correct, i have made sure, whats wrong?
Simple to explain,

An autrun file has been created for optical drives like cd-roms and dvd-roms. These days these files are still used to install applications from optical drives and are autrun files on flash drives used only to show manufactorers icons.
the problem is windows 7, they took the (they being MS) fuctionality out, for security reasons, i am running it currently, so if you have Win7 you can use autorun, Vista n XP still can
pokeroz3 years ago
was wodering if u knew how to make auto run open a .exe on the usb and by the way great interstruable
fix your grammar, "wodering, interstruable" really? I'm thirteen and I have better grammar than you, sad.
spelling. fix your spelling. *facepalm..... silly thirteen year old
Ba, too true. As unfortunate as that is. I wonder how he even gets on here with spelling like that.
While you are on a grammar kick, furry, you should really combine your first two "sentences" into one parenthetical idea. Observe:

"Ba, too true. As unfortunate as that is." now becomes: Ba, too true (as unfortunate as that is).

As your comment stands, the second sentence: "As unfortunate as that is.", is a fragment.

Have a nice day.
Besides, this was almost a year ago.
I shouldn't have said some of the stuff I previously said and I am now almost fourteen and can see what a stupid seventh grader I was being at the time. I now am much smarter and I tend to be nicer too.
No need to be a ___ about it. He is probably from another country.
I guess you are right, well at least I hope that. I shouldn't have been so harsh.
Berkin4 years ago
I made a program in Visual C# that makes these files for me.. :D
sescott Berkin2 years ago
can you send me instrunctions or an installer for that program or something, i dont get any of the autorun stuff, so it would help so much, email me at: sme272@hotmail.com
jwish137963 years ago
my autorun wont let me open files
Mine won't either. :/ ???
______ jmarri3 years ago
The problem is once you have made the autorun.inf file, pull your drive (like a flash drive) out of the computer and stick it back in.
pfouquet ______3 years ago
the problem is possibly windows 7, they took the (they being MS) fuctionality out, for security reasons
______ pfouquet3 years ago
Not on mine they didnt, so maybe it is your computer, they took it out on.
pfouquet jmarri3 years ago
the problem is possibly windows 7, they took the (they being MS) fuctionality out, for security reasons
the problem is possibly windows 7, they took the (they being MS) fuctionality out, for security reasons
bbonnema3 years ago
I can't seem to get this function to work. Does anyone know where these files are supposed to be placed?.
einstein63 years ago
Hi bro, I started to play wif autorun.inf file few years back to give my pendrive some cool icons.. Btw I wanna correct something.. You CAN put multiple words for your icon, eg:- Cool Icon.ico, BUT WITH CONDITION, it is enclosed in double quotes as shown ==> "Cool Icon.ico".. The double quotes read the whole sentence as one..
actually, you can put a space and it will work without quotes.
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