USB AutoRun Creator
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!
for USB flash drives / USB sticks will work again
Recently Microsoft stopped AutoRun from working with USB
flash drives (USB sticks). With our new product
USB AutoRun Creator
you can get back this functionality for USB flash drives that contain
files that you distribute to your customers.
together with CD-Menu Creator
SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator can be used standalone or together with our
menu designer program
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?
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.
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
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:
The first program that is started
on a USB flash drive is always a
digitally signed program from us (SamLogic Software).
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
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
|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
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.
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.