Windows Server 2008 R2: No Recording Tab for CD/DVD burner

Windows Server 2008 R2: No Recording Tab for CD/DVD burner

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Today’s blog will cover burning CD/DVD’S in Windows Server 2008 R2. When you are logged into a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer you may notice that you cannot burn a CD/DVD and/or the recording tab is missing from the properties of your CD/DVD drive in my computer.

By default accounts other than localsystem\administrator (regardless of the groups it belongs to) on server SKUS are considered to be “remote desktop” and so have the same security restrictions that come with remote desktop sessions.

In order to burn CD/DVD’S you can do one of the following:

  • Login as localsystem\administrator
  • Run a 3rd party burning utility elevated

Note: You must have the Desktop Experience pack installed to get the built in Windows ISO burning applet.

Scott McArthur
Senior Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support

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  • Why is Microsoft ENCOURAGING the use of the Administrator account? Right-clicking on an ISO image and selecting "Burn to Disc", or sending files to the CD burner are very useful features and very commonly used. But now you have built in a reason why users need to use the Administrator Account????

    There should be a security setting that allows non-admins to burn CD's without running elevated!!!!!!!

  • This is absolutely ridiculous.  Cant burn a cd under my user account!?!?!

  • hi john,

      even in admin account, u cant burn cd / dvd n windows server 2008.

  • I've the Desktop Experience installed and logged in as a Domain Admin and still cant burn.  Crazy.  

  • Allmost as useless as windows backup... perpahps you could write a book "how to make things worst"

  • Is there a registry setting that can change this?

  • Why the Windows Media Player was change there Colour when play the DVD ?