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Small scale CD/DVD publishing involves

  • Preparing files for use on CD
  • Burning the CD
  • Creating the label and jewel case inserts
  • Printing the label and applying them to the CD

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Objective CD/DVD production

By the end of this page you will be able to:

  • Understand the publishing requirements for CD/DVD
  • Create an autorun file for CD/DVD
  • Add an icon to the CD/DVD
  • Identify the issues when handling CD/DVD

Creating an Autorun file

If you have an exe file create the following text file in the root of the CD/DVD



To run an html file (in XP)

OPEN=rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler index.htm 


If the start file is in a folder the complete path needs to be specified. e.g.


Do not use files with spaces (or punctuations) as the autostart (you should avoid this in most cases as it can cause unpredictable results!)

Running files with Windows associations

If you want to have a file with a windows association (such as an html file) use the START command. example;

OPEN=start \myfolder\index.html

Html must be assigned on the computer as opened in a web browser (if you double click in Windows explorer and the web page opens this is set).


A simple icon can be created using a bitmap editor, such as PaintShop Pro, with a height and width of 16 pixels and saving the file as a bmp. Then in Windows explorer rename to .ico.

Care and Handling of CDs

"The scientists working on the Digital Preservation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an excellent 50 page guide ( ) on care and handling of CDs and DVDs for long term storage. It talks about the effects of light, moisture, radiation, scratches, marking, adhesive labels, and even playback on the discs. For those slashdotters not familiar with the physical make up of these optical discs, there is a very nice chapter explaining all the background. And if you only want to know how to care for your precious data, there is a one page summary ( ). And yes, they agreed that glued-on labels are harmful."

Byers, F. R., (2003) Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. MMO/MVML Viewer: Retrieved from [1,304,484kB]


CDBurnerXP Pro 3.0.116 - burn CD/DVD's for free

Haglund,S., Haglund,F., Schmitz,F. (2006) CDBurnerXP Pro - free burning solution ^r;

Icon References.png References

Multimedia:CD/DVD. (2017). In virtualMV's ( Michael Verhaart ) wiki. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from    (zotero)