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Let normal users rip CD tracks


Ordinary or guest users cannot use CD ripping applications such as FreeRIP, ExpressRIP or Audiograbber. This is because in Windows XP Professional access to lower-level functions of CD-Rom devices is restricted to Administrators or Power Users.


Change the security settings of Windows to disable network access to CD-Rom devices. To do this, open the Group Policy Editor (see below if you don’t know how), go to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options and enable the option ‘Devices: Restrict CD-Rom access to locally logged-on user only.’ Now that Windows knows that only people sitting at the computer are trying to play with the CD-Rom devices, it relaxes and lets them get on with it.

To open the Group Policy Editor, choose ‘Run…’ from the Start menu and enter ‘gpedit.msc’. To change options, right-click them and choose ‘Properties…’