I want to create a CD a launcher program
Ideally it should be cross platform

When the program starts, it should give the user the option to launch another exe

Should I just use Fscommand?
I would really like to have background transparency

What should I use?

Answer: SWF Studio (Amongst others)?
The problem is that I don't want to spend $300
+ I need the software to open on Windows 8 (not sure if there would be any security or other restrictions)

Is there any other choices?
SWF Studio: just looked, hasn't been updated in 3 years?
(Is that because Flash is not used by the world since Steve Jobs dissaproved??)