Disable Windows Vista’s Built-in CD/DVD Burning Features

By Lowell Heddings on February 8th, 2008

The vast majority of people I know use a software like Nero to handle all their CD/DVD burning even though Windows Vista has built-in support for burning. So how do you get rid of the built-in Windows Vista burning features since you don’t need them?

There’s a simple registry tweak that can disable the built-in burning features in Explorer, most notably the Burn button on the toolbar that you never ever use.

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Notice the button is gone after applying the registry hack:

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Manual Registry Hack

Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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On the right-hand pane create a new 32-bit DWORD value with these properties:

  • Name: NoCDBurning
  • Value: 1

You’ll have to logout and back in to see the changes. To remove, just delete the key or change the value to 0.

Download Registry Hack

Extract the file and double-click on DisableCDBurning.reg to enter the information into the registry. The EnableCDBurning.reg file will re-enable the burning features.

Download DisableCDBurning Registry Hack

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/8/08
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