Quick Launch Your Workspace
The explosion of portable application has made lives easier by allowing us to carry our personal stuff on a flash drive, especially if you do your work on several PCs. It could be even easier if we could avoid clicking through your file system to open every application and document. Of course, it would be nice if we could have our workspace launched automatically from a flash drive. By setting up your flash drive to Autoplay, you can have your preferred workspace instantly launched when you plug in your drive.
Before you learn how to do this, become aware that a recently invented Conficker virus is spreading fast by use of flash drives. Although it is a concern for Office users primarily, it can also spread by copying itself to removable media and use AutoPlay feature to launch itself and create a disaster. Protect yourself from this virus by running an up-to-date antivirus from a trusted vendor. Also, implement strong passwords and download the updates for your computer from the Microsoft Update website.
Now, follow these simple steps to create auto-launch of your workspace on AutoPlay.
1. Open Notepad
2. Type in:
ACTION = Launch my portable workspace
3. Save the file as autorun.inf
4. Open notepad again and type in:
start “executable file of application you want to run" e.g. winword.exe
(Note that you can run more than one application, just write the same command again in next line with your application executable file name.)
5. Save the file as autolaunch.bat.
Now, place the both files – autolaunch.bat and autorun.inf in your flash drive. The next time, you will plug it in, AutoPlay menu will appear, just double-click on your program name to run it.
A good alternative is PStart. This program is designed to run portable apps such as portable Firefox, thunderbird, etc when you plug in your pen drive. Download it free from here.