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Hi, how do i stop normal users from using the CD Writer, but only allow Admins to use it

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I looked around through the user accounts and stuff but I didn't see place to turn it off. You could try disabling the device in device manager and hope they don't figure it out. Other then that a third party program may have to be installed.
 

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If you disable it in Device Manager, can't you restrict ordanary users from accessing it? Also, how about hardware profiles, you could have that user's profile with the CD-RW disabled. Finally, Group Policies is probably the easiest way to kill it off.
 

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I checked the policy editor, it seems there is no way to restrict local users, only remote users. I think I'd investigate using hardware profiles with the devices you want to limit access disabled in the user's profiles.
 

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If your running w2k then try

control panel->administrative tools->local security policy->local security settings->local policies->security options

The option twelfth up from the bottom allows the administrator to restrict cd-r access.

I'm not sure if its the same thing johnwill was talking about or not so I thought I'd post it anyways.
 

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If you're talking about "Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged on user only", that's the option I was talking about.

XP may have other options, I didn't check, since this system is a W2K system. :)
 
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