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problems burning cd using xp's built-in software

Using windows xp pro(sp2)

was once able to copy files to a cd using win xp's built-in software but later for reasons beyond me the files are copied to the cd(temporarily) and after enabling the writing process it shows that the file it being burnt, however, the cd remains blank after the process is completed.

Suggestion as to why this is so and possible solution would be greatly appreciated... thanks

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I've seen this

In reply to: problems burning cd using xp's built-in software

Before, the best way around it is to use a piece of specialised burning software - I use Nero 6 v 6.6.0/14 - and believe me when I say that I have never had problems with the Nero systems, however, I believe that the Windows CD software alters with every update, so a perfectly good recording cannot be read by a later update!

Try Nero or one of the other very good market brands.

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In reply to: problems burning cd using xp's built-in software sums up about all that is known about XP's native recording tool.

But I find even the free CDBURNERXP gives me a more reliable CD recording experience.

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Thanks! Solution through Microsoft support

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Thanks, Bob! Your link led me to Microsoft's page ( on the inbuilt CD burning program (IMAPI). The following resolved my issue:

"This error message may occur if the IMAPI CD Burner service is turned off. To resolve this issue, make sure that the service is running and that it has not been turned off. By default, the service is set to Manual. Start the IMAPI CD Burner service, and then test it by writing to a CD-R or a CD-RW. If the service works, you may have to set the service to Automatic if it does not start in Manual mode. To set the service to Automatic, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc /s, and then click OK.
2. Double-click IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service.
3. Under Service Status, click Start.
4. Try to write data to a CD."

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