Prevent Windows Media DRM Internet Access

Prevents Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) from accessing the Internet (or intranet). When enabled Windows Media DRM is prevented from accessing the Internet (or intranet) for license acquisition and security upgrades. When this policy is enabled programs are not able to acquire licenses for secure content upgrade Windows Media DRM security components or restore backed up content licenses. Secure content that is already licensed to the local computer will continue to play. Users are also able to protect music that they copy from a CD and play this protected content on their computer since the license is generated locally in this scenario. When this policy is either disabled or not configured Windows Media DRM functions normally and will connect to the Internet (or intranet) to acquire licenses download security upgrades and perform license restoration.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WMDRM # DisableOnline

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Media Digital Rights Management


* 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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