Enable or Disable CD Burning in Windows 7

There are many reasons due to which you would want to disable CD/DVD burning in Windows 7. You can disable CD/DVD burning in Windows so that the optical drive acts like a read only drive and a user cannot write content to a blank optical media. In Windows 7, this can be done using a small setting using group policies. Here is how :

Method 1 :

  1. Click on the Start Menu (blue orb in the bottom-left corner), type regedit.exe in the search field and press Enter. Choose Yes, if the User Account Control dialog pops up.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key :
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
  3. Right-click in the right-side pane, and select New → DWORD (32-bit Value) as shown. Type in the name of the value as NoCDBurning.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  4. Double-click on the newly created value NoCDBurning and set the value to 1 to disable CD burning in Windows. If you want to enable CD burning at any later stage, set this value to 0.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  5. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Method 2 :

  1. Click on the Start Menu (blue orb in the bottom-left corner), type gpedit.msc in the search field and press Enter. This would open Group Policy Editor.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  2. In the Group Policies Editor, navigate to User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Explorer in the left side treeview.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  3. In the right hand side pane, you will find a value Remove CD Burning features. Double click on it. Choose Enabled to disable CD burning feature. If at any later stage, you want to enable CD burning, you can choose Disabled in the same window.

    Disable or Enable CD Burning in Windows

  4. Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.

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  1. I have a locked down system where the built-in CD burning functionality has been disbled. This work fine until I introduce a CD formatted for packet writing created on another machine. I am then able to use any application and ‘save as’ option to write the file to the CD. Using this method I am able to get around the lockdown of not being able to write to CD set using the GPO or registry update. Any one know how to stop all built-in CD/DVD burning? I have 3rd party software which must still be able to burn.

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