How to use PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to create a Windows autorun CD slide show for earlier versions of PowerPoint

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Prepare a slide show

  1. In Microsoft PowerPoint 97, Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, or Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, use the Pack and Go feature to package one or more presentations to a folder on hard disk drive.

    In the Pack and Go Wizard, when you are prompted to include the Viewer, click Don’t include the Viewer. For more information about using Pack and Go, see the links in the "Reference" section.
  2. Start Microsoft Windows Explorer, and then locate the packaged presentation.
  3. Double-click the Pngsetup.exe file.
  4. In the Pack and Go Setup dialog box, specify the location where you want to unpackage the packaged file, and then click OK.

    When you are prompted to run the slide show, click No. This location is referred to as the unpack folder.
  5. Copy the contents from the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 folder to the unpack folder.

    The PowerPoint Viewer 2003 folder can be found at the following location:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\PowerPoint Viewer
  6. Use the Notepad.exe file to add the following 2-line file to the unpack folder where playlist.lst is the name of the playlist file that Pack and Go created and unpacked to the unpack folder:
    open=pptview.exe /S /L playlist.lst
    Save the file with the name autorun.inf.
  7. Use Notepad.exe to add the following 1-line file to the unpack folder:
    @pptview.exe /S /L playlist.lst
    Save the file with the name play.bat.
  8. If you created the Pack and Go package by using PowerPoint 2002, use Notepad.exe to edit the Playlist.lst file.

    Remove the /S that comes in front of the file names in the play list, remove the quotation marks around the file names, and then put each file name on a separate line. For example, if the original playlist contains the text
    /S "Greeting.ppt" "Presentation1.ppt" 
    , modify the file as follows:
  9. Verify the contents of the unpack folder by starting the Play.bat file.

    When you start the Play.bat file, the Viewer should start and show the presentations that are listed in the Playlist.lst file.
  10. Burn the contents of the unpack folder to a CD-ROM by using the Windows XP Write to CD feature or any third-party software.


For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322107 How to use the Pack and Go feature in Microsoft PowerPoint
For additional information about Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
821552 How to package and copy a presentation to a CD in PowerPoint 2003


Article ID: 830286 - Last Review: September 14, 2010 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
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