Saturday Jul 19, 2008

Unable to explore CD on Windows XP

So we were given a number of photos on a CD and I wanted to copy them onto the XP machine. The problem I hit was that the CD appeared in Explorer, but I could not open it and browse the contents. I could open it as Administrator, but not as a normal user. Of course there was no error message, and no way of identifying where the problem was.

Anyway after a bit of googling and rejecting of the more time intensive "solutions" (reinstall XP, or try some utility from an unknown source), I found this conversation which described a similar problem and suggested the solution of "Enabling CD recording on this drive" from the properties menu of the DVD drive. Fortunately this seems to have worked, it also seems to still work even though I've switched the capability off again.

Right... now I can copy over those pictures....

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Darryl Gove is a senior engineer in the Solaris Studio team, working on optimising applications and benchmarks for current and future processors. He is also the author of the books:
Multicore Application Programming
Solaris Application Programming
The Developer's Edge

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