disabling the CD/DVD writing in Vista Home Basic

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Fonti, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Fonti

    Fonti Guest

    We have purchased a Lenovo laptop with built in OS of "Windows Vista Home
    Basic". Now, we want to disable the CD/DVD burning facility.

    There is no gpedit or secpol in "Windows Vista Home Basic"; therefore,
    suggest me how to disable the inbuilt CD/DVD burning facility. IMAPI is no
    longer working as a service also (therefore I could not disable it in

    I have already uninstalled all the third party CD/DVD burning softwares.

    I have tried to change registry key as suggested by


    I have changed the drive type value to 3 to make it appear that the drive is
    a standard CD-ROM and is not writable.

    Despite all this change in Registry, DVDRW is still able to Write.

    Please suggest how to make it DVD RW Drive to Read only.
    Fonti, Nov 27, 2007
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  2. Fonti

    The Group Policy setting for for disabling the CD Burning features does
    If you enable this setting, all features in the Windows Explorer that allow
    you to use your CD writer are removed.

    That policy changes the following registry Key.


    With the 'Explorer' key selected, right click in the right side pane and
    select New / DWord(32bit) Value.

    Name this value: NoCDBurning (Case sensitive).
    Right click the new value and select: Modify.
    In the Value Data line, type 1 (one).
    Click Apply/OK.

    Let me know how this works for you.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Nov 27, 2007
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  3. Fonti

    Fonti Guest

    Dear Ronnie,

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    I did as you suggested, created the new Registry keys -----, it didn't work.

    Please suggest how to disable the CD/DVD burning facility in Vista Home Basic.
    Fonti, Dec 3, 2007
  4. Hi Fonti

    What do you mean by 'it didn't work'?

    That registry key should disable all of the components in Vista that allow
    you to burn a CD/DVD?


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Dec 3, 2007
  5. Fonti

    Fonti Guest

    Dear Ronnie,

    I meant despite doing all the changes in the Registry, as per your
    suggestion, one is still able to write through CD/DVD burner.

    Please suggest.
    Fonti, Dec 4, 2007
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