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Another Method to Enable the AutoRun Feature for Running Courses in Windows 7

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We develop customer courseware for clients, typically in multiple formats. Sometimes, we send the courseware in zip format to be downloaded by clients. During one such instance, it was brought to our notice that the client could not operate our courseware on Windows 7. We had tried to find various solutions to address this problem.

In the previous blog, I had mentioned a method to allow the AutoRun featured to be enabled in Windows 7. Since then, we have found another easy method by which this can be achieved. I would like to share the same with you and would be keen to hear your inputs.

Here is a step-by-step guide to enabling the AutoRun features when developing an eLearning course.

  • 1. Typically, the index file of the course will be in a folder. You need to copy the index file into the main root folder.

Copy the index file into the main root folder

Put index.html in main location

  • 2. You will need to add an AutoRun.inf file. Create an .inf file using any text editor by typing the following code.
  • [autorun]
  • ShellExecute=index.html
  • Save the file in the same root folder as the index file.

Create autorun.inf

This should solve your problem and the course would have the AutoRun feature enabled even when using Windows 7. We have found that this method also works for Windows XP.

If you have any other suggestions, please do share the same with me.

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