Windows 7 like Vista and XP inherits supports disk burning feature. This will come handy when you are not having any 3rd party disk burning software installed. If you are having a CD-DVD burning software like Nero or other similar applications installed then it makes sense in disabling the in-built CD/DVD burning support. This will free up some resource also.
Windows 7 automatically ejects the drive tray when a user double-clicks on the optical drive icon in Windows Explorer or when a user single-clicks on the optical drive icon in the File Save or File Open dialog box if it can’t find any disk inside. There are two ways to disable this built-in feature. First one involves the Group Policy Editor and the second one is a registry hack.
Follow the steps described below to disable burning feature:
- Click on Start, then in the Search Box type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
- Now in the Group Policy Editor, expand the Local Group Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer.
- In the right pane, double-click on Remove CD Burning features.
- Select the Enabled radio button to disable disk burning feature. This will also disable the auto eject disc tray.
- Click on OK.
- Now, Restart your computer or Log off and then Log on again for the change to take effect.
- To revert back to the default settings and re-enable the disk burning feature in, change the radio button setting to Not Configured or Disabled.
This second trick which involves a registry hack will come handy for those folks who are using Windows 7 editions that doesn’t have Group Policy Editor.
- Click on Start, then in the Search Box type
regeditand press Enter.
- Navigate to the following registry key:
- In the right pane double-click on
NoCDBurningand assign its value to
- If the entry
NoCDBurningis not their, then right-click on a blank space in the right pane, select
- Name the new value name as NoCDBurning, and assign its value data to 1.
Alternatively, if you don’t feel easy editing the registry, simply download the DisableOREnable-Burning.zip archive file, which contains two registry files —
DisableBurning.reg. As the name suggests just double-click on
DisableBurning.reg to remove disk burning feature and double-click on
EnableBurning.reg to restore disk burning feature. Restart or Log off and then Log in for the change to take effective.