Without additional software. So what you are asking about and finding is completely true and to be expected.
I have a _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A that has started acting up.
When I insert blank DVD into it, it says that it is a blank CD instead. I have used discs out of the same stack plenty of times before but previously I had used Nero to do it. I have since uninstalled Nero (several months ago) and now it won't work.
I have tried uninstalling the drive and restarting. I have also removed the UpperFilters' and LowerFilters' Value Data in the registry (although I did leave the entries) and restarting. Then tried uninstalling and restarting again.
I'm not using any other programs besides Windows to write the disc I'm just dragging and dropping about 2gigs on to the writable folder.