Free Autorun/Autoplay DVD and CD Menu Creation Software

Create a menu or setup launcher for your CDs or DVDs


Free Autorun/Autoplay DVD and CD Menu Creation Software

Ever wanted to create your own CDs, DVDs or USB Flash drives that automatically launch a fancy menu when it is placed into the drive, the way commercial software CDs/DVDs do? The facility to automatically run a program, be it a CD menu, DVD menu, installer, or otherwise, is known on Windows systems as AutoRun. Related to this is AutoPlay, where the system automatically plays a particular media file, such as video or a music CD, etc. The free software on this page allow you to easily create a CD menu, DVD menu or the like for your media, so that it automatically displays a menu for your users to select a program to install, read a manual, browse the CD, or even display a list of songs or video to play.

Note that this page only lists free software that generates the Autorun / AutoPlay CD/DVD menus, and not commercial software like Autorun Typhoon Professional.

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Free Autorun/Autoplay DVD and CD Menu Creation Software

Compact AutoRunner

This software provides a graphical interface for you to design your AutoRun / AutoPlay menu for your CDs and DVDs. It allows you to design the interface by adding pictures to the screen displayed, as well as buttons that launches the programs (such as installers or setup utilities) that you want to run. The software works on Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista.

MediaCD

This program allows you to create your own autorun / autoplay menus for your CDs that invoke multimedia files. It is highly customizable, and allows the viewing and playing of a wide variety of media files, supports a wide variety of options for the playing of a file (eg, playing once, playing all the files on the CD, playing files in order or randomly), supports Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer and Flash, etc. It can also write your CDs right directly as well. The program is useful if you need to create training videos, your own customized collection of music videos and songs, your promotional videos for your products, videos and pictures of your family, etc. The program runs on Windows 9x, 2000, NT 4.0, XP, and Server 2003.

CDInterface Studio

This open source software lets you create an autorun CD menu. You can set a description for each selection in the menu and create an action that is to be performed for that item. The menu also provides options for the user to search or browse the CD. The program is licensed under the GNU General Public License. It requires the .NET Framework 1.1. I'm not sure if the generated CD menu also requires your users to have the .NET framework installed.

AutoRun Maker

This software lets you add a custom icon for your CD, DVD or USB storage device, create a label for the media, set shell commands for the drive's context menu, create an autorun configuration that runs a specific program when the CD or DVD is inserted into the drive, etc. Note that this program does not actually create a menu for your CD or DVD drive, only the autorun.inf file. You will still need another program to create the menu if you need one. The software requires Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 with the NET Framework 3.5.

CD Portal

The CD Portal program creates an autorun.inf file that has the icon you want displayed for your CD/DVD, lets you set the basic options for the menu that appears, like the background colour and image, the text that is to be displayed, the programs to execute, fonts to use, etc. Note that the software asks for a registration number, which is displayed on the website itself, on the download page. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP.

Tiny AutoRun

This is a simple program that displays a tree menu of programs along with their descriptions based on information you supply in a text file, and allows your users to click the Run button on the menu to execute the associated program.

AutoRun Constructor

You can make up to 100 menu items for your CD menu (or DVD menu) with this program, do some basic customization of your menu, etc. It works on Windows 98, NT4, 2000 and XP.

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