Many people are creating CD-ROM disks of their genealogy data. Creating your own CD-ROM disks has become very cost-effective in the past year or so; internal CD-ROM writers now sell for as little as $39.95 and frequently come packaged with new computers. The blank disks are also cheap. It is now easy to write your reports and databases to a CD-ROM disk to give to someone else.
Many commercial CD-ROM disks use an AutoPlay feature. That is, when the CD-ROM disk is inserted into a Windows system, it automatically loads and executes a program of the manufacturer's choosing. I have rarely seen AutoPlay used on home-produced CD-ROM disks although the method of doing so is very simple.
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