windows xp with sp2 sees blank dvd media as cdrom

Posted on 2006-03-27
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
    I have an old computer that I just installed service pack 2 on, and after doing that it when i put in a blank dvd+/-r,rw  it sees it as a cdrom, and I just bought a brand new hp media center pc model m7360n wich does the same thing. I already read most of the solutions in your database that are dated a few years back but no solution worked. I was wondering if maybe now there is a solution to this problem. The drives do work like they should when I use Nero but not with windows.
Question by:cyrax01
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    since Nero can access the DVD properly, I think the problem lies at the windows-software for burning CD's & DVD's.
    I am not really familiar with the burning-process from XP itself,
    my guess is that somewhere in windows there are options set that it standard burns a CD-ROM instead of a DVD, and that these should be changed. Or maybe Windows only supports build-in burning via the explorer for CDR's.

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    small update.
    I cannot find any proof that Windows XP supports DVD-burning without the use of extra 3rd party software, but it does support the burning of CDr's.
    In an article I found the following lines:
    Windows XP doesn't contain built-in support for burning DVDs. However, Microsoft plans on including built-in support for DVD write capability in the next version of Windows. For a look at the issues involved in planning and developing which DVD technologies to support, read the Windows Platform Development article, DVD Writing Support and Windows.
    Article at

    So I think that windows sees it as a writabel disk, but cannot show it as a DVD-r since it can only burn to CDr's.

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    What is your hardware, (is it just a CD Drive, or a DVD drive or a DVD combo or a DVD RW Drive)? Can you give us the brand and model number?
    Otherwise like maduropa has already mentioned, XP doesn't have builtin support to write to DVD's, you need 3rd party software for that like nero.

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    Thanks for your answers, I see that it's just a problem with windows and not something that whent wrong with my system or hardware, thanks again.

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