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Let normal users rip CD tracks

Problem:

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.

Solution:

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…’