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How do I control Access to Floppy Drives/CD-ROM drives?

A. By default Windows NT allows any program to access the floppy and CD-ROM drives. In a secure environment you may only want the interactive user to be able to access the drives and this is accomplished using the registry:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. From the Edit menu, select New Reg_SZ type
  4. To allocate floppy drives create a name "AllocateFloppies", to allocate CD-ROM drives "AllocateCDRoms"
  5. Press enter, and then set the value to 1
  6. Logout and login again

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