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Prevent removable media source for any installation

This policy setting prevents users from installing any programs from removable media. If you enable this policy setting if a user tries to install a program from removable media such as CD-ROMs floppy disks and DVDs a message appears stating that the feature cannot be found. This policy setting applies even when the installation is running in the user’s security context. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting users can install from removable media when the installation is running in their own security context but only system administrators can use removable media when an installation is running with elevated system privileges such as installations offered on the desktop or in Add or Remove Programs. Also see the “Enable user to use media source while elevated” and “Hide the ‘Add a program from CD-ROM or floppy disk’ option” policy settings.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Installer # DisableMedia

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Installer

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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