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    Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    I'm wondering if there is a way to disable the built-in CD-burning capabilities within Windows XP. It seems to fight with Roxio and since it doesn't have re-writing capabilites, it's pretty useless in my book. I'd like to get rid of it so it doesn't try to override what I'm trying to do under DirectCD or EasyCD.

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    I am using Roxio Creator Classic and the built in burning does NOT interfere. But if I what to burn a few files, I will right click them and "send to" the burner, and the Windows XP burning wizard will handle them as designed.

    How is the built in software interfering with the other software?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    You can stop and/or disable the "CD IMAPI Burning Service" in XP Services (Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services), which will do what you are asking. Stopping this service will not affect you ability to burn via 3rd party software such as Roxio or Nero.

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    Examples of interference:
    1. I had a CD-R that I had written a PPT file to. I R-clicked Direct-CD and chose to make writable so I could put 2 other PPT files on later from another computer. When I went to drag them onto the CD, WinXP gave me some error message that the CD could not be written to. If it had stayed away and let DirectCD handle it, it would've been a simple drag & drop operation. Instead I had to go the long route via Easy CD Creator.
    2. I've been using a CD-RW for a couple years to do backups. All of a sudden I was getting error messages that I needed to format it or try another disk. I noticed DirectCD was not open in the Taskbar tray so once I got that up and running I had functionality of my CD again.
    In short, I think Windows did a lousy job of CD burning and I'd just as soon use other proven software and eliminate Windows barging in altogether.

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    FWIW--

    I have always disabled the native burner because the brunt of good newsgroups with very experienced people on them have basically said to do so--not much of an authoritative "cite." I've gone along with this conventional wisdom, since I never have needed XP's native burning software because I ascribe to the notion that while noble that MS wants to "extend their OS" in their words, they always to date have extended it with a low end firewall, a low end defrag, a low end backup that didn't have near the functionality I needed. Besides it's a no brainer that if Nero makes a premium burner, or Roxio, or Executive Soft makes a defragger, then they sure as heck aren't going to license MS to include their reason for being and making a living free in in its $300 retail OS, and if MS bought them, they wouldn't either. I don't see MS giving away Virtual CD for free or anything else they buy like the many companies they have bought to offer products to work with their cash cow MS Office 2003. I don't see MS giving away Visio 2003 or Visio 2002 which they bought as part of Office.

    I have both Nero and Roxio's latest and find Roxio with less features than Nero and not as stable with XP as nero. I keep 'em both up to date by hitting their sites frequently.

    This Chat I'm linking has the major players in it who developed the CD-Burning components of Windows XP. They say that they are using Nero plug-ins and that you do not have to disable their software to use a 3rd party. I'm just the reader here.

    Transcript: Chat About Burning CDs in Windows XP April 22, 2003

    Panelists: Chris Norred, tech editor for the Expert Zone, Emily a program manager in the Windows Storage Drivers team, Tyler Beam, a software developer on the Windows Shell team. I worked on CD writing of data in Windows XP, Patrick, test lead in the NT group at MS. I was in charge of testing the drivers and the API set used by the inbox CD Recording solution in XP, Kathy, Program Manager for CD burning in Media Player for Windows XP and Media Player 9 Series, Brian Boston, a Community Program Manager working with the Windows Product Team, Special Guest GalanBridgman (MVP): My column on CD burning appears at:

    CD Burning Becomes Routine Column, Column on Microsoft's Win XP Site, and Panel Member

    Windows XP Services Tweak Guide:

    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service:

    "Manages CD recording using Image Mastering Applications Programming Interface (IMAPI).
    If you use the Windows preinstalled CD-RW burning support (check the drive properties in the Hardware Manager to configure this) then set this to Automatic. If you, like me, use other burning software then set this to Manual or Disabled. Default: Manual or Automatic."


    Windows XP Professional Group Policy and Registry Editor TechnoBabble Guide:

    Turn off built-in XP CD Burning (still allows 3rd party burning software such as Nero)

    - User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsWindows Explorer"Remove CD Burning Features" (Enabled)

    Turn off CD/DVD Autoplay

    - Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystem"Turn off Autoplay" (Enabled)

    SMBP

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    When I right click a file and go to the "Send to" I have two entries,for the burner. One is to the "Drag n Drop" from Rixio and the other is directly to the burner which is the XP Wizard.

    The XP burner is a "R" type of burning and will close out the CD after burning.

    What version of DirectCD and Easy CD Creator are you running?

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    Could you post back with "what works" for you? I made the mistake of mixing right-click commands for Roxio and Windows XP commands and ended up blocking all further additions to the disc (CD-R first written as multisession). So if there's an easy way to prevent user errors, it could ease my life. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    In answer to DaveA, I have Easy CD Creator version 5.3.4.21. I did not have any CD-burning entries in my Send To menu.

    I took the advice (the last 2 examples) that SMBP posted (disable IMAPI and disable XP CD burning) so we'll see if I run up against any more problems.

    My friends and clients seem to have more problems with their burners than I do - One won't let you backup a file to CD-RW from Quickbooks, another's computer freezes when you try to do Roxio's CD Copy function, etc., etc. I'm hoping disabling Windows XP's burning will solve most people's problems.

    Am now wondering what the WinXP Home Edition solution would be to disable WinXP CD burning as the example I got above (Windows XP Professional Group Policy and Registry Editor) only works with WinXP Pro.

    Thanks for all the responses & helps!

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    Note that there has be many problems with Version 5 and Windows XP. I have just reeceived a email that version 7 will be released shortly and can now pre order it if I desire.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Disable XP built-in CD burning? (WinXP Pro)

    You disable the "IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service" through Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services in XP Home.

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