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USB AutoRun Creator
SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator is a tool that gives AutoRun capabilities to your USB flash drives / USB sticks. The AutoRun function will work in the same way as with a CD or DVD - your menu, program or document will open 100% automatically!
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Recently Microsoft stopped AutoRun from working with USB flash drives (USB sticks). With our new product SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator you can get back this functionality for USB flash drives that contain files that you distribute to your customers.
Use it
standalone or together with CD-Menu Creator
SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator can be used standalone or together with our menu designer program SamLogic CD-Menu Creator. By installing USB AutoRun Creator on a computer that already has CD-Menu Creator installed you will extend CD-Menu Creator with new functionality that makes it possible to create AutoRun menus for USB flash drives. You can also use USB AutoRun Creator standalone if you for example have your own solution to create menu interfaces, or if you want to make a program or document open automatically on a USB stick when it's plugged into a USB port.
How does it work?
The first time your customer inserts your USB stick into his/her computer's USB port they have the option to run a setup file to install a small driver program that will co-operate with USB flash drives distributed from you. This program allows a menu, or another program of your choice, to open automatically when your USB stick is inserted into the end-user's USB port. The USB stick will behave in same way as when a CD or DVD is inserted in a drive - full AutoRun technology will be used.
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The end-user only needs to install the program once. Thereafter all USB flash drives that are distributed from you will be completely auto-starting and support full AutoRun. For security reasons only USB flash drive contents created via USB AutoRun Creator or CD-Menu Creator can be started automatically. Contents that have been created or placed on the drive in another way will be ignored.
Is it secure?
Microsoft removed support of AutoRun functionality from USB flash drives for security reasons; many viruses and malware have been spread in this way. We took this into consideration when we designed SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator. We wanted to create a system where the security level is unchanged - it must be as secure as before - but full AutoRun must be supported. This was achieved by using these two steps:
l The first program that is started on a USB flash drive is always a digitally signed program from us (SamLogic Software).
l If a second program need to be started, we check that it is the original program by using an advanced checksum method.
By using digitally signed programs and controlling checksums we ensure that the program files on the USB flash drive are the original files and that nothing has been changed since their creation. No program that have been replaced or altered will be started.
USB sticks with write protection can increase the security level even more

If no data needs to be written to the USB stick you can increase the security level even more by distributing write protected USB sticks to your customers. A write protected USB stick will be read-only just like a CD or DVD, unless the protection is turned off.
When should I use USB AutoRun Creator?
If you distribute USB flash drives that likely will be plugged in more than once in the same computer, using USB AutoRun Creator can be a good idea because the user will not need to open Windows Explorer every time he/she needs to access the contents of the USB flash drive. Also, if you are likely to distribute more than one USB flash drive to the same user, the second and subsequent USB flash drives will support full AutoRun when plugged in. They will work in same way as CDs and DVDs.
Small office version also available
There is also a small office version of USB AutoRun Creator available. The small office version is adapted for use in small offices and at home. Read more.
Examples of Uses
Some examples of uses for USB AutoRun Creator are distribution of: corporate and product presentations, large media-rich reports, vendor price lists, special customer information (e.g. personal health records), portable applications and software updates.
Download a free trial
You can test how SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator works by downloading a demo / trial version of the product:
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  More information
You can read this overview document (PDF) to get more information about SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator:
USB AutoRun Creator – Overview (PDF)

System requirements

Co-operates with
CD-Menu Creator


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