Enable/Disable CD Burning in Windows 7/XP/Vista

Depending on the environment, you may or may not want to allow users to be able to burn CD’s or DVD’s on certain computer systems. Enable or disable CD¬†burning¬†capability in Windows 7, XP or Vista with this registry hack.

1. Go to Start > Run and type regedit. This will open the registry editor. Navigate to the following registry key:

+ Software
+ Microsoft
+ Window
+ CurrentVersion
+ Policies
+ Explorer

2. Look for a key called “NoCDBurning”. If it does not exist, you can create a new DWORD value under the Explorer Folder by performing the following steps:

3. Click Edit > New > DWORD Value. Name it “NoCDBurning” without quotes

4. Double click on “NoCDBurning” and you can set the value to “1” to disable CD burning or set it to “0” to enable it.


Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.


  1. david says

    how can I allow CD/DVD format only using “like USB flash drive type” format, i.e. disable the option “with a CD/DVD Player” to user? Thanks

  2. nimd4 says

    Some versions of Windows will not have the Administrative Templates AND/or “gpedit.msc” NOR “NoCDBurning” in the Registry; like Windows XP Home (& others!); These are the simple facts of life..;) :)

    If you really wanted to: there’s a shabby way for Windows XP Pro Administrative Templates to be moved/installed/enabled on Windblow$ Home, but that’s another story. =)

  3. Janet says

    I agree with Weno…there is no such folder called Explorer. I’m running XP Pro SP3. I also did a search for NoCDBurning to see if it was located somewhere else, but nothing was found.

  4. Weno says

    I have been assisting my mother-in-law with cd burning issues. She claims her HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
    Policies does not have a folder called Explorer.

    Have you ever heard of this issue? Do you know of a fix for it?

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