Originally Posted by michaelk
FYI: When a CD is loaded windows will look for the autorun.inf file.
Yes, all right ... it is just that the most common thing for autorun.inf to do is arrainge to execute a file called start.exe (which OP specifically asked about). Start.exe is usually pretty small and starts other things which do the actual work.
For my CV, I eventually added an autorun.inf as follows...
... see? Of course, the magic is in "start.exe" - though it dosn't have
to be called that it's just that it almost always is.
When a CD refuses to autorun in windows, a user may decide to look for the file "start.exe" or some similar name and attempt to run it from the "run command" dialog (or whatever they are calling it these days.) Or, by double-clicking it's icon of course.
Hence the question from OP.
Of course, a more savvy user may look in autorun.inf to find out which file is supposed to be opened... but ho hum.