Go to Services and disable IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service.
There is no option to uninstall/remove it but once disabled it should not bother you any more.
You will then need to install Easy CD CReator 5.3 or 6 or Nero Burning to be able to burn CDs.
I have not had any problem using XP's CD burning S/W together with Easy CD.
I just set IMAPI to Manual and use it when I want to.
How can i completely remove or disable XP's CD write Staging Area?
Microsoft's article 279157 describes the location of the app but does not explain how to remove that half-*** thing: Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning
This thing causes two major problems writing to cds.
PROBLEM 1. It prevents direct copying of data between two CD drives.
As explained in MS articles 279157, 282491, 306524, 305600, when copy from drive A: to B: is intiated, the app grabs the data to its Staging Area ready to burn! But that's not what i want to do, neither did i ask any app to grab my data for safe keeping.
PROBLEM 2. It causes write errors and conflicts when it intercepts data intended for direct copy/paste.
i've lost so many cds as a result of this BAD Staging Area
Please show me how to remove the damn thing!