You can access CD-R and CD-RW drives after you enable the “Prevent access to drives from My Computer” Group Policy setting in Windows XP

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After you enable the Prevent access to drives from My Computer Group Policy setting on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, you can still access the CD-R and CD-RW drives.

Note The Prevent access to drives from My Computer setting is located in the following folder in the Group Policy MMC snap-in:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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You must install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) before you install this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File Information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows XP, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Comctl32.dll6.0.2800.1592921,60008-Oct-200408:43x86NoneNot Applicable
Windows XP Professional 64-Bit Edition (Itanium)
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Comctl32.dll6.0.2800.15922,639,36008-Oct-200408:25IA-64NoneNot Applicable
To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Under Available Stand-alone Snap-ins, click Group Policy, and then click Add.

    Note Click Browse to locate Group Policy objects (GPOs) that are linked to sites, domains, organizational units, or computers. The default Group Policy object is Local Computer. Use this object to change the settings on the local computer, or click Browse to locate GPOs on other computers.
  5. Click Finish, click Close, and then click OK to close the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box
  6. Expand User configuration.
  7. Under User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then expand Windows Components.
  8. Under Windows Components, click Windows Explorer.
  9. Locate and then double-click Remove CD Burning features.
  10. Click the Setting tab, click Enabled, click Apply, and then click OK.
  11. Close the Group Policy snap-in.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 875555 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 08:04:28 - Revision: 5.0

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