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by james3122 / December 25, 2009 12:14 PM PST

I'm just curious how many people actually realize that Microsoft offer a Hotfix for XP to enable DVD writing.

I've been wanting to do this for ages, but the only way I found it was some random site with a link. And yes it is the Microsoft Downloads Centre.

I have a feeling though they don't want many people to know about it as they called the page Windows Image Mastering whatever that means.

I'm not sure whether it is an update or not.

Anyway just letting you know it's available.

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by MichaelM / December 25, 2009 11:26 PM PST

Can you post a link? I browsed the hotfixes at MS's download center and could not find anything.

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It always has
by Jimmy Greystone / December 25, 2009 11:29 PM PST

It always has supported burning DVDs. Or at least as long as I can remember it has. But the built-in burning functions are so bad, even for simple tasks, I tend not to even bother. I just go for a free tool like CDBurnerXP or Image Burn.

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by MichaelM / December 25, 2009 11:50 PM PST
In reply to: It always has

Yes, I use ImgBurn as well, and am quite happy with it. But it has always bothered me that I could never do a simple drag and drop within Windows Explorer when burning to DVD (like I can with CDs). I've heard that XP did not come with this ability. It has supposedly always required a third party burner. Unless there is indeed a hotfix, which I have never heard of until now.

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"Image Mastering API v2.0 (IMAPIv2.0) enables IMAPIv2
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2009 11:48 PM PST

"Image Mastering API v2.0 (IMAPIv2.0) enables IMAPIv2 dependent applications to stage and burn images to CD and DVD optical storage media. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer."

This is a little late to the party and does not solve the burning issue.

For now I'm sticking to advising use of CDBURNERXP and/or IMGBURN which work for most of us.

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by MichaelM / December 25, 2009 11:56 PM PST

Thanks, Bob. I'm following your advice and just staying with ImgBurn.

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