Burn a CD or DVD over a remote connection

You can connect to a remote computer using Remote Desktop Connection, and then burn a CD or DVD using Windows Explorer or Windows Disc Image Burner (if you want to burn the disc from an ISO disc image file). However, to be able to burn a disc in a remote session, the following Local Group Policy setting must be enabled: All Removable Storage: Allow direct access in remote sessions.

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To enable the "All Removable Storage: Allow direct access in remote sessions" policy setting in Local Group Policy Editor

Follow these steps on the remote computer (the computer that you're connecting to). The steps are intended for advanced users. If you're not comfortable performing them, ask a friend for help.

To make changes in Local Group Policy Editor, you must be logged on with a user account that has administrative privileges. Local Group Policy Editor is available on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type Command Prompt in the search box, right-click Command Prompt in the search results, and then click Run as administrator. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. To open Local Group Policy Editor, in the Command Prompt window, type gpedit.msc at the command prompt, and then press Enter.

  3. In Local Group Policy Editor, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand System, and then click Removable Storage Access.

  4. Double-click the following setting: All Removable Storage: Allow direct access in remote sessions.

  5. In the All Removable Storage: Allow direct access in remote sessions dialog box, click Enabled, and then click OK. Close Local Group Policy Editor.

  6. To apply the updates to Local Group Policy settings, in the Command Prompt window, type gpupdate.exe at the command prompt, and then press Enter.

  7. When the update is complete, close the Command Prompt window.

To burn a CD or DVD over a remote connection

  1. Make sure that remote connections are allowed on the remote computer. For more information, see Allow someone to connect to your computer using Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. On the local computer (the computer you're connecting from), open Remote Desktop Connection.

    Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

  3. In the Computer box, type the name of the remote computer, and then click Connect. (You can also type the IP address instead of the computer name.)

  4. Insert a blank recordable CD or DVD into the disc burner that's connected to the remote computer.

  5. Burn a CD or DVD as usual using Windows Explorer or Windows Disc Image Burner (if you want to burn a disc from an ISO file).

    For more information about burning a CD or DVD using Windows Explorer, see Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Explorer.

    For more information about burning a CD or DVD from an ISO file using Windows Disc Image Burner, see Burn a CD or DVD from an ISO file.