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Published on 06.01.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent a User from Storing Backups on Optical Media

Learn how to prevent a user from storing backups on optical media (CD/DVD) in Windows 7.

This setting lets you prevent users from selecting optical media (CD/DVD) for storing backups.

If this setting is enabled, users will be blocked from selecting optical media as a backup location.

If this setting is disabled or not configured, users can select optical media as a backup location.

Prevent a User from Storing Backups on Optical Media

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Backup, and then select Client in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent backing up to optical media (CD/DVD) in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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