Tip: Occasionally you may need the location your compressed executable was launched from.  For this reason a command line argument is passed into your AutoPlay application in the form: SFXSOURCE:SFE EXE NAME where "SFE EXE NAME" is the full path to the compressed executable. For example, "SFXSOURCE:C:\Temp\launcher.exe". In your AutoPlay application you can access this command line argument using the Global Variable _CommandLineArgs. If any command line arguments are passed to the compressed executable, they will also be passed into the AutoPlay application.

Tip: You can compress the AutoPlay runtime executable during the build process using the UPX runtime (not compatible with runtime skins) build preference. You can find this setting on the Build page of Edit > Preferences.

Target: Compressed Executable


The name of the executable you want to compress your project into. Click the browse button to show the Save As dialog.

Note: If you have the Enable AutoPlay Feature selected, the executable filename cannot contain spaces.

Progress Window

Show progress window

Display a progress meter while your AutoPlay application loads.

Window title

The progress window's title bar text to display while your AutoPlay application loads.


Encrypt data segment

Encrypt the project data that is stored in the compressed executable. This prevents the project's files from being extracted directly from the executable with a zip utility like WinZip.

Note: This feature is only meant to deter casual users from accessing the files. Even with this option enabled, the files must still be extracted to a temporary location on the hard drive as the application loads. A savvy user could use this fact to gain access to the files from that temporary location. If you require a more secure solution, you will need to take additional measures.

Enable AutoPlay feature

Select this option if you want AutoPlay Media Studio to include the autorun.inf file for you.

Windows searches for the autorun.inf file whenever you insert a CD into a CD-ROM drive. The file tells Windows what program to run if the user has autorun enabled on their system. AutoPlay Media Studio will automatically configure the file to launch your AutoPlay application.