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The properties of a virtual CD primarily affect the insertion of the image into a virtual CD drive.




You can define the following properties for your virtual CD:

Password – You can assign a password to prevent unauthorized use of a particular virtual CD. Once a password has been assigned, it must be entered before the virtual CD can be inserted or ejected, or its properties edited. When you assign a password, you have to enter it twice to make sure it is entered correctly. We recommend using a password that is not too easy to guess. The longer the password, the more secure it is. A combination of numbers and letters is more secure than a password that contains only numbers or only letters. The password is case-sensitive (capitals are distinguished from lower-case letters), and can have up to 15 characters.
Encrypt the data on the virtual CD – Once the data has been encrypted, there is no way to access the virtual CD without the password.



The password is the key required for decoding the data, and cannot be changed or deleted once the data has been encrypted.


Autostart program and working directory – You can define an autostart program for any virtual CD; this program runs automatically whenever that virtual CD is inserted in a virtual drive. You can also assign a working directory, the path in which the autostart program runs.



If the program is on a virtual CD, it might be necessary to specify the drive letter. Since the drive letter may vary, Virtual CD provides the %drive% variable. This contains the drive letter without the colon. '%drive%:\<program>.exe launches the <program> regardless of which drive contains the image.


Keyboard shortcut – You can define a keyboard shortcut, or 'hotkey', for automatically inserting the CD without running a Virtual CD program. If an autostart program has been defined for the CD, it runs automatically when the keyboard shortcut is pressed.
Automatically insert virtual CD in – This property defines the default drive and also causes the virtual CD to be inserted in the drive specified as soon as the Image Writer has finished creating the image.
Eject the virtual CD when the user session is ended – Virtual CD automatically ejects all images with this property when to user logs off the computer.
Suppress autorun function when the CD is inserted – Most CDs have an autorun function in the root directory. If you activate this option, Virtual CD is instructed to suppress the program call defined in the autorun function.
If the source CD has an icon, extract it and save it with this image – If an icon file is specified for the source CD, you can have it stored together with the new image file and displayed with the image in the Virtual CD program.
Save the log file recorded when the image is created – The Image Writer writes various information in a log file during the image creation process. Activate this option to save this file along with the other files for this image.



Most of the properties can be viewed and edited in the image properties after the image has been created.