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When I insert my USB Flash Drive into my computer, I always get this little autostart popup:


I was wondering, how to add elements to that list using the autorun.inf file? I know it's possible, because I've seen some programs do that before.

What I tried and didn't work:

action=Google Chrome
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Have a look at this instructable How to make an Autorun.inf File – Darius Mar 4 '13 at 20:20
@Darius Using that exact information, the option doesn't get added. – SeinopSys Mar 4 '13 at 20:32
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Looks like AutoRun has been completely disabled in all Microsoft OSes in 2009 through a security update: KB971029

If you've installed this update by letting Windows Update run automatically, that'd be the source of your issue why it doesn't "just work".

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You can add a single item, like a setup program, but not multiple items. Microsoft has disabled autorun.inf files for USB drives completely in Windows 7, but as you're using XP, that shouldn't be a problem to you. A little example (make sure to save this file as autorun.inf, not autorun.inf.txt):

action=The list name's item

All are optional, but you may only use one of each, and I recommend you to choose for open or shellexecute. So copy-pasting this code won't work, as there are 2 shellexecutes. Open is for a executable, and shellexecute is for a file/url.

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Please see my edit. – SeinopSys Mar 4 '13 at 20:41

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