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Disable CD/DVD Burning – Remotely

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by Steve Wiseman on May 19, 2011 · 17 comments

in Burn,Free,Microsoft,Network Administrator,Network Administrator Updates,Tips,Tools,Utility


I got a question from Thomas this week:

Our office has a licensed copy of Network Administrator 3.0 which allows
me to disable CD/DVD access. Is there an action that will allow me just
disable the CD/DVD burn capability but still allow users to view files
on CD/DVD?

Burn..keep it from burning?

Burning DVD

Oops not that kind of burn 🙂 – Yes excellent question. After a quick search I discovered this is an easy registry change.

If you drill down to this key:


Create a DWORD value of NoCDBurning, and set it to 1. Reboot, and the built in burn functionality of Windows is gone.

This works on XP through Windows 7. Now one Gotcha with this is that it does *not* prevent third party apps from burning. You would need to handle this with a separate policy.

If you don’t want to plunk around the registry, we updated Network Administrator to make the change for you:

Disable CDROM DVD Burning

It is a free download from here and it can push this change to computers remotely.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tim May 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Steve, like the burning building. Gave me a laugh this morning.

Question. Will this work on Windows 2000?

2 Steve Wiseman May 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Hey Tim,

No, it won’t. But at the same time I don’t think CD-Burning was built into Windows 2000, was it?

3 OFF May 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Nice. Great article, as usual. =)

4 Josh Willis May 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hey steve, we have a licensed copy too. How do I get the update.

5 Steve Wiseman May 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Just download from the free version link:

It will pick up your registration info and automatically switch to full

6 Jen May 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hi Steve,

Do you know of any way to block burning tools like Nero, or Roxio? From what this article says it looks like this will not block those.

7 Steve Wiseman May 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Hello Jen,

Yes you are correct it will not block those type of burning tools. The best I can say right now is keep your users from having admin rights on their local machines. That way, when they try to install software like this – they will need to come to you to get it done. I know it is not the easiest solution…and we are looking into other ways…but still have not found 1 easy change that would work on all versions of Windows.

8 Muccho May 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

What are the limitations on the free version of Network Administrator?

9 Steve Wiseman May 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

The free version limits you to 3 computers. The full version will allow you to apply changes to an unlimited number of computers.

10 Stephen May 24, 2011 at 9:34 am

Awesome fire steve. Love it.

What about DVD burners that are connected via USB. Would this prevent those from working with the built-in burner, or would I need to use the USB disabler thing you guys have?

11 Steve Wiseman May 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

This would also block USB based DVD burners. Actually, anything that windows sees as a burner in this situation will be blocked…but again if roxio or another third party app is installed…all bets are off.

12 Jessie Michaels May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Steve, I like Network Administrator and all, but I was wondering if you have a method to do this via group policy?

13 Steve Wiseman May 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hello Jessie,

Yes. GP can be used for this. Here is a posting at MS that shows you where it is at:

14 Usuma Nolin May 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

If I purchase Network Administrator, and you come out with a new plugin next week – will I get it for free?

15 Steve Wiseman May 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Good question. When you purchase Network Administrator you will get free upgrades for a year. You can extend that to two years for an extra $39 US.

What will happen is when we come out with a new plugin, we will email all current customers and let them know about the update. From there, you just install the latest version and it will have all the new plugins.

Send us an email at if you still have any questions.

16 Mort Smith May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

What about disabling just reading DVD and CDROMS? I want to stop that too.

17 Steve Wiseman May 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

Hello Mort,

Yes Network Administrator can disable that as well. In addition, if you want to do it yourself, MS has a nice article for implementing this via group policy:

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