Autorun / Autoplay for USB devices
use a password manager program on a USB pen drive since I want to
use different user credentials for my accounts, but I have a very
bad memory so I can not remember them all. Additional this approach
makes it possible that I have always access to my password safe no
matter where or on which machine I work. Furthermore it can be
considered more secure to save these sensible information on a
separated device which is only connected to the computer when
However, it is very annoying to have to plug the USB stick in,
navigate to the executable of the password manager and start it
manually. That is the reason why I wanted an Autorun or Autoplay
solution, so that I only have to plug the USB device in and the
password manager will start automatically.
If you find a mistake or have suggestions for improvement feel free to
Create an autorun.inf file and
put it into the root directory of the USB pen drive. The following
sample will do the job. The entry for the icon can either point to a
ICO icon file or an executable which offers a build in icon. The
open and shellexecute entry should point to the executable which
should be started when the USB pen drive is plugged in.
label="Alti's Key USB-Stick"
With this file in place the next time you plug the USB drive in a Autorun dialog similar to this should appear.
Also the entries in a normal explorer window should
now use the settings from our autorun.inf file and therefore look
something like this:
Notice the label and the Icon of the tree entry of
the USB device.
Useful links and
Autorun USB third party software - Freeware
Microsoft MSDN Autorun INF entries
to enable and configure Autorun