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Autorun for Windows 2000

Download Autorun for Windows 2000
Language: English
Ease of use: Not Rated
Latest Version: 1.0 (details)
OS Support: Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows Me Windows 2000
License: Freeware
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Instructions :
    I like to use Windows 2000 for Divx playback. The main advantage is that W2K is more tolerant of bad frames than Windows 9x/ME. When W2K encounters a bad frame, it muscles its way right through, whereas W9x will freeze the video and continue the sound, requiring you to manually 'Fast-Forward' the movie through the bad part. In addition, I fill my Divx disks to the maximum with the movie, leaving no room for a launcher. I want my rips to be maximum quality, and can't see wasting space on anything which is not actually the movie.

    In W9x, adding a 'autorun.inf' file with the following parameters works fine:

    open=start mplayer2.exe /fullscreen /play /close \your_divx_video.avi

    But try the completed movie in W2K with this autorun.inf file, and you will recieve a 'Access Denied' error. The problem seems to be that Windows 9x/Me starts Media Player with its working folder set to the drive autorun.inf was on, while Windows 2000 does not. So in turn Media Player tries to find the file on the wrong drive.

    I guess it has to do with the use of the "start" command. It is used because mplayer2.exe is not by default in the PATH and only with "start" will Windows search among the shell registered executables. So although mplayer2 will open in Windows 2000 using the simple autorun.inf file, it can't find the movie since W2K does not default to the drive where the autorun.inf is found.

    A friend of mine attending a university in Hungary made an autorun.exe which just does a ShellExecuteEx on the command line parameters you give it, with the working folder set to where autorun.exe is located, ignoring the working folder Windows passed to it. The executeable is only 2K, so it does not affect the size of my movie projects :-)

    Bottom line is this:
    Make a 'autorun.inf' as before, but substitute the 'autorun.exe' for the 'start' command. File will look something like this...

    open=autorun.exe mplayer2.exe /fullscreen /play /close \your_divx_video.avi

    Burn this to your Divx CD-R along with the movie and the autorun.exe file, and you movies will autostart in both Windows 9x/ME as well as Windows 2000.

    Note : Included in the download is the autorun.c file for those curious as to the source code that the program uses. This is included for your information only, and it is not necessary to add to your finished project for the program to work.

    Glenn aka EchoWars


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OS Compatibility:

Windows 95/Windows 98/Windows Me/Windows 2000

Revision History:

Version 1.0
  • Release Date: May 14, 2001

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