Disable CD Recording in Windows XP

By Jim Pile, ITworld |  How-to

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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