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Posted on 2006-07-18
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Hello Experts

For one of our marketing promotion we want to buy some flash drives and give them away. What I want to do is when the customers plug in the flash drive I want them to directed to a webpage. How can I do that?
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Question by:nbcintern
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by:nobus
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can this help? U3    :   http://www.u3.com/
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by:NAORC
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create a file called autorun.inf on the flash drive and in it type:

[autorun]
open=iexplore http://www.experts-exchange.com

this will automatically open EE on IE when the key is inserted :)

Ben
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NAORC's solution should work - but one thing to remember is that with Windows XP SP2 security has increased so that the user will be prompted to ask if they want to launch your autorun.inf file.  You have a few other options when working with autorun too, like using an icon for the drive and giving the action the drive will perform a title:

[autorun]
open=iexplore http://www.experts-exchange.com
icon=icon.ico
action=Visit Experts-Exchange.com
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by:nbcintern
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Thanks for all the help. I have a  preloaded the flash drive with a PowerPoint and flash presentation how can I make them load as soon as some one plugs in the flash drive to USB?
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If you're using MS Office 2003 (it may be available in previous versions, but that's what I'm working with) there's an option under the file menu:   Package For CD - set your options, and click copy to folder.  Put that folder on the flash drive, and have it autorun the play.bat file in that folder.  Doing it this way has the added benefit of packaging the powerpoint viewer so that people can view the presentation even if they don't have powerpoint installed.

So now you have a folder on your USB drive called Presentation with all the files that powerpoint created for you in it.  Your autorun should now be :

[autorun]
open=Presentation\play.bat
icon=icon.ico
action=View Presentation

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by:callit
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Better yet, I just realized that it also creates an autorun.inf file for you - so just copy everything to the root of the drive, and add "icon=" and "action=" statements if you want.
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