How to logically disable a CDROM

I am deploying 180 computers to "new" users and the floppy drives have a lock.  However the CDROM is still functional.  How can I disable the CDROM from within Windows?  I'm open to any suggestions; however I would prefer a regrestry setting change.
ahelgesonAsked:
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jrhelgesonCommented:
Try smacking it with a hammer.

-just some brotherly advice for ya

JRHelgeson
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Somebody_elseCommented:
why dont you disable it in the bios, that way windows won't detect it and you can lock out users from the bios with a bios password.
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ahelgesonAuthor Commented:
The BIOS will work, however I am broadcasting an image to all of them and the image won't diable the CDROM. This means I would have to walk to each PC and make a BIOS change.  This is why I would prefer a "windows setting" solution.  Sorry I didn't mention that earlier.

JR: I don't have a hammer.
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morguiCommented:
Which operating system are you using (Win95, Win98, WinNT, ...) ?
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uilleannCommented:
Disable it from the hardware profile in the devicelist

Uilleann
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OttaCommented:
On your "reference" computer, copy all the Windows CAB files from the CD-ROM onto the hard-drive, and then disconnect the CD-ROM, install Windows from the hard-drive, erase the CAB files, and then make an "image" of this system.
Hopefully, when booting this image, Windows won't auto-detect the CD-ROM, and will boot without adding support for it.
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mark2150Commented:
'nother thought. Use the DOS SUBST command to reassign the CD drive letter to C:\. Put it in the AUTOEXEC.BAT ahead of WIN.COM and windows should be unable to find the drive.

(Just tried it from within windows - got "Cannot SUBST a network drive". Haven't tried it at DOS prior to loading windows...)

M
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ahelgesonAuthor Commented:
Does anyone know of a registry setting I can use?  I would also prefer this method because I would want to enable it for support reasons.
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Somebody_elseCommented:
you could try to do a search for the CD-rom in the regedit and if you find a folder/key you could rename it with a "-" in front of the folder/key and that should turn it off.

I would start the search in:
Hkey_local_machine
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OttaCommented:
Just open the computer,
and disconnect the power-cable and ribbon-cable from the CD-ROM.

That should "deaden" it, and you can easily reverse this when you have a reason for "support".
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jrhelgesonCommented:
Theres 180 computers that he's dealing with.  And the last thing telephone tech support is going to want to do is have these "new" users start screwing around inside their computer.
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OttaCommented:
> And the last thing telephone tech support is going to want to do is have these "new" users start screwing around inside their computer.

That's a good reason to physically "disable" the drive, as the system is being "built", *BEFORE* it is "delivered" to one of the clients.

Also, it's not likely that the tech-support person is to tell the client, over the telephone, to insert a CD-ROM as part of any "trouble-shooting" process.
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jrhelgesonCommented:
These are DELL computers.  They are all prebuilt and have been delivered to the site in Houston.  These computers are going to be remotely managed from Phoenix.
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ahelgesonAuthor Commented:
I specifically asked for a registry setting.  There were a few suggestions on registry settings but it didn't work.  Thanks for giving it a shot. The computers are now deployed and the CDROM is still functional.  If anyone reading this finds a way to disable this in the future, please feel free to e-mail me at ahelgeson@msn.com.  Thanks for all the suggestions.
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jimspCommented:
Please go to your registry and go to the path
HKey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CDROM\

Check the ImagePath and change this file "System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys" to "System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys.old"
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jimspCommented:
Please go to your registry and go to the path
HKey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CDROM\

Check the ImagePath and change this file "System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys" to "System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys.old"

Now reboot the PC
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ahelgesonAuthor Commented:
WOW! Jimsp, that was a 1999 question.  Funny, that those PCs are already replaced. Thanks for the info. :-)
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jimspCommented:
I'm sorry but i did not check the date of the question.
Anyway, do you know how to enable CDROM remotely on win2k?
 If you know something, please help me.
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jrhelgesonCommented:
How was it disabled?
What are the particulars of your problem?
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jimspCommented:
The CDROM was disabled locally when going to Device Manager.  But we cannot enable or disable in Device Manager remotely from another machine.

Do you have an idea how we can enable or disable the CDROM remotely?

I hope you understand me..
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jrhelgesonCommented:
It was manually disabled in Device Manager presumably by clicking the box that states disable this device.  I suppose that you've tried changing registry settings using registry updates?  Do the users have privileges to modify the registry?
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rami_halimCommented:
try a program called devcon  
devcon disable *cdr-rom*
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mcmuntCommented:
A program called Remote Task Manager can do what you want for the devices as well as remote shares, services, etc. Shareware, but really handy.
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