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Published on 08.03.06 by Brent Trahan

Windows XP Powertoy HTML Slide Show Wizard

Learn how to create a web based (HTML) picture slide show with a free and easy to use powertoy called the HTML Slide Show Wizard. This slide show can be burned to CD or DVD and shared with family and friends.

9.pngLearn how to use the HTML Slide Show Wizard Powertoy for Windows XP to create a web based slide show of your favorite photos to share with family and friends.  This guide also shows you how to burn your slide show on a CD or DVD and make it automatically start playing when you place it in your CD or DVD drive.

Download the Powertoy

Microsoft offers what they call Powertoys for Windows XP free of charge.  You can download the HTML Slide Show Wizard here.

Once you’ve downloaded the Powertoy, install it on your computer.

Create a Slide Show

Click Start, All Programs, Powertoys for Windows XP, and click Slide Show Wizard.


Click Next.


You can pick one image at a time by clicking the Add Image button and browsing to each image or you can add a folder of images at a time by clicking the Add Folder button.  If you choose to add a folder of images please note that any images in folders that are in the folder you select will be added also.

Once you’ve added the images to your slideshow click Next.


If you want to remove any photos select the photos you want to remove and click the Remove button.

Click Next to choose what type of slide show to create.


Give your slide show a name under Slide show name.

You can add your name as the author under Author name if you like.

Pick the location where the slide show will be saved under Save in the following folder.  By default your slide show is saved in your My Documents folder.

Pick the maximum size of your photos under Picture size.  If you want your photos to stay their original size select Keep current picture size.  Please note that if your pictures are larger than the screen resolution of the person viewing your slideshow parts of the picture will be cut off.  800×600 is recommended.

Pick your type of slide show under Slide show type.


The screen show above is a simple slide show.  You can only go forward, backward, or click play to watch them all.




The screens shots above are of the advanced slide show.  You can view the simple slideshow or you can view a filmstrip version or view all of them on one page.

Check off Fullscreen if you want the slideshow to play in Fullscreen mode.  In Fullscreen mode the slideshow takes up your entire screen.

Click Next when you are finished configuring your slideshow.


Click Finished.  If you want to view the slideshow click the View the slide show now button.

Viewing the Slide Show

Viewing the slide show is easy.  Simply open the file named default in your slide shows folder.


When you view the slide show you might be asked if you want to run an ActiveX control.  Allow this to run.

Make Your Slide Show Autorun

You can burn your slide show to CD or DVD and share them with your family and friends.  Lets take that slide show on CD or DVD a step further and make it Autorun your slide show so when your family and friends place the CD or DVD in their computer it automatically starts the slide show.

Open Notepad and type the following:


Click File, Save as, next to File name type autorun.inf.  Change Save as type to All files.  Browse to the folder where your slide show is saved and save this file in the same folder as the file named default (the root directory of your slide show).


The root directory of your slide show should look like the screen shot above.

Burn the two folders, the autorun and default files in the root of your CD or DVD.  Once you burn your CD or DVD you should see these two folders and two files when you open that drive.  Those two folder and two files should not be in any other folders on your CD or DVD for it to work properly.

That’s it.  When you insert the CD or DVD in your computer the slide show should automatically start.  You might have to select to allow it to run the first time it plays in the Windows security settings window that pops up.

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