Disable CD Recording in Windows XP

Reader Carol C. asks this Windows XP question.

"I am in charge of eight computers in a small office. I need to

prevent users from recording CD-Rs. Currently, I use the obvious

method to disable recording -- I right-click the CD recorder drive

letter and choose Properties. When the dialog opens, I click the

Recording tab. I then deselect the 'Enable CD recording on this

drive' check box and click OK.

Unfortunately, many of the users simply re-enable the recording

function. Is there a way to turn off the recording function so that

users can't readily turn it back on?"

You can modify the registry to turn off the recording function. Since

you need to turn off the function on a number of computers, I suggest

that you create a reg file to make your job easier.

To create the reg file, run Notepad and enter the lines shown here.

Where you see the line PRESS ENTER HERE, press Enter. Do not type in

PRESS ENTER HERE.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

PRESS ENTER HERE

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

"NoCDBurning"=dword:00000001

PRESS ENTER HERE

Save your new file as CDR_off.reg. Double-click the new file to add the

key to the registry and then restart the computer.

To turn the function back on, you can create another reg file named

CDR_on.reg. Here is the CDR_on.reg file.

PRESS ENTER HERE

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

"NoCDBurning"=dword:00000000

PRESS ENTER HERE

I suggest that you copy both files to a CD-R so you can easily run them

on the other computers.

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