DVD-RW Drive will read discs, but will not Burn to Discs

I have a computer running Windows XP Home Edition.  The DVD-RW Drive will read cd's and Dvd's just fine.  However, when I put a blank cd or blank DVD in the drive, it will not recognize them.  I have tried this with Nero, and with the built in Windows Recording, and neither work.  The drive is not dead, as it was working before, and I have tested another drive in the system, and it does the same thing.  Also, the system was just recently reformatted, etc, and it was working just fine right after that.  However, it went away to a friend's and they installed their programs on the system, (nothing along the lines of Clone CD, or Daemon Tools, or anything like those programs), and then they complained to me that it would not burn.  I don't know everything that they installed, and what I installed, I can't remember, but I do know that it was working after ther reformat, and now it is not, and it is definitely software or settings related.  There is a recording tab in the properties of the drive, so Windows does recognize that it is a recording drive.  I cannot think of anything else to try.  Any suggestions?
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rindiCommented:
First look for packet writing software and remove that, like nero's InCD or Roxio's DirectCD. then use the instructions in the following Link to remove the upper and lower filters, then reboot.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060/en-us
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Radar07Commented:
Try reinstalling the burner software to see if it icks it up again.
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icurnvssAuthor Commented:
Ok, sorry about the delay in answering.

Neither of those suggestions worked, as first of all, there were no upper or lower filters listed in the place in the support from Microsoft.  Secondly, reinstallation of the burning software did not result in any fix.

I did uninstall and reinstall the drive, in Device Manager, and that got things started.  I can now burn a CD using Windows Recording/Burning, but it will not burn a DVD, it just recognizes it like a CD.  I did a search once, and found some information on how to edit the Registry in Windows to tell Windows that the drive is a DVD Burner, or just a CD Burner, but I can't seem to find that anymore, so I was wondering if someone here knew about that information and where I could find it.  It's a matter of editing a key to tell it 1, or 2, or something like that, for CD or DVD Burning capability.  If someone could help me out with that, I would really appreciate it.
As an extra note, I can now burn a DVD with Nero software after the uninstall/reinstall in Device Manager.  But I would really like to get the Windows Burning to recognize a DVD to burn to it please.

Thanks, Mike
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rindiCommented:
That's normal, windows only knows natively about burning to CD, not to DVD. You will need a 3rd party software for that. Good and free is this:

http://cdburnerxp.se/

Very good but not free is nero. If you are going to get nero or another product like something from roxio, make sure not to install InCD (Nero) or DirectCD (roxio). The rest is OK.

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icurnvssAuthor Commented:
Why wouldn't I want to install DirectCD from Nero?  Is there something wrong with the software?  Thanks
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rindiCommented:
From Nero it's InCD. Yes, it's packetwriting software, and this type of software can first cause issues with your OS. Also, Media written with it often isn't readable on other PC's. It also uses up resources of your PC as it is started at bootup.
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icurnvssAuthor Commented:
well, I'm not really sure who the points should go to for this one, as the only comment that was on useful assistance was the one that said that Windows does not natively burn DVD's, but that wasn't the initial problem, and was only a small note.  If someone could help with where it should go, or if it should just be split amongst all that answered, I would appreciate it.  Thanks, Mike
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Radar07Commented:
Given that you fixed the problem yourself, there is an argument for not awarding any points. On the other hand, people spent time offering you help and even related support after the fact. Perhaps splitting the points is a way of showing respect for those efforts.
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