Restricting the use of optical drives

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  1. ermines

    ermines New Member

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    hello guys! i was just wondering if any of you know how to set certain windows xp accounts not being able to use any cd or dvd rom drives?

    i already tried to group policy thingy but it doesn't seem to work.... :(
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    ermines New Member

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    ehhh...doesn't deleting the registry entires disable it forever???
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    CyberCat Active Member

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    Haha, I think he was pulling your leg! ;)

    Windows XP includes tools which allow you to to this but it's not easy if you don't know what you're doing! Here's what you can do:

    1. Logon to the user you want to disable cdr‌оm access for.
    2. Open the registry editor (Start -> Run -> regedit).
    3. Navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    4. Find the REG_DWORD value called "NoViewOnDrive" (create it if it doesn't exist)
    5. Now comes the tricky part, you must put in the value for the drive you want to disable, the drive values and their corispoding letters are:

    A: 1, B: 2, C: 4, D: 8, E: 16, F: 32, G: 64, H: 128, I: 256, J: 512, K: 1024, L: 2048, M: 4096, N: 8192, O: 16384, P: 32768, Q: 65536, R: 131072, S: 262144, T: 524288, U: 1048576, V: 2097152, W: 4194304, X: 8388608, Y: 16777216, Z: 33554432, ALL: 67108863

    If you need to hide multiple drives then simply add the values for the drives you want to disable. For example to hide drive A and drive D, you would add 1 (A) + 8 (D) which means the value should be set to "9".

    To disable all the drives set the value to "67108863".

    Also, this setting only prevents explorer from accessing these drives and does not prevent users from using other programs to access local and netw‌оrk drives.

    I hope this helps you! :)

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