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How to run autorun.inf on a shared CD drive?

Posted on 2009-07-15
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I have a CD server that will be serving up CDs to a number of Tablet PCs that dont have onboard CD drives.

Id like to be able to setup the Tablet PCs with an icon on the desktop that the user can click that will connect to the Shared CD and execute the autorun.inf from the loaded CD.

I cannot find a way to do this, any ideas?

All machines are running on Windows Vista Pro.
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by:rindi
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The problem here is that shared CD drives look like a network share, and not an actual CD drive to the connected PCs. It is better to make iso files from the CD's and have those iso files on a network share, then mount them using a tool like Daemon Tools on the PCs. This tool simulates virtual CD drives from the mounted images.

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/announcements.php
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by:rstevens56
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Thank you for your response.

The application is medical imaging. The patient brings in a CD with a CAT scan on it, then imaging vendor has added an autorun to execute their viewing application (the application varies with imaging vendor) and the doctors wish to view them on their Tablet PCs.

Usually this is a one time short duration use of the CD.

So I need to be able to do what the autorun says on a shared drive when its opened. Ive looked for an application that knows how to read the autorun and proceed accordingly.
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As daemon tools mounts the iso file and for the PC looks like a CD drive, it'll run autorun without problems. You just have to create an iso file of the CD when you get it, and that can be done with CD Burner tools like CDBurnerXP very easily:

http://cdburnerxp.se/
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by:rstevens56
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While this is a workable solution it still leaves the doctors irritated by the delay in accessing their images while the ISO builds.
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