View Full Version : DISABLING CD-DVD ROM

03-10-2006, 07:41 PM
How to disable the CD-DVD ROM from others using it…Is it possible to do something in the control panel ( something like password protection) so that I can only use the CD ROM…

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2006, 07:53 PM
Put a password in Windows, and lock it when you're not there.

There might be an option in group policy. If u have XP Pro.

03-10-2006, 08:02 PM
Can u please explain in detail about group policy

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2006, 08:12 PM
Go to start/run and type gpedit.msc

Go thru the options. See if u can find this option for enabling/disabling cd access. I dont know if its there or not.

And click on help/help topics for info

I dont use it myself.

03-10-2006, 08:18 PM

Speedy Gonzales
03-10-2006, 08:28 PM
Hmm according to the MS site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/chats/trans/windowsnet/gp050126.mspx)

Q: How can I disable cd-rom on my workstations through a GPO?
A: Check out these two policy settings:

User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsWindows Explorer | Hide these specified drives in My Computer

User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsWindows Explorer | Prevent access to drives from My Computer

This is after running gpedit.msc

But it looks like this will disable access for all users not just guests.

06-10-2006, 12:19 PM
you could always right click on said Optical drive in device manager and click disable - it will still open but wont show up in explorer - then just re enbale it when you need\want it - i do it all the time when my brother brings home a "game a mate downloaded for him" - and all of a sudden it wont go and he gives up :P