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Recording tab inthe properties of the cd drive is absent

Recording tab in the properties of the cd drive is missing.I can't erase or write on the cd.

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  • mcncyo Apr 28, 2009

    same problem can read but can't print cds or dvd. tried a new cd recorder and it still will not work try new cd-r on both drives and will not work.

  • arvind kumar
    arvind kumar May 11, 2010

    cd player name n info pleaseee

  • Filip Eastman May 11, 2010

    and the model of CD? more info plz

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Do you know what the make and model of your CD player is?



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1. Click Start - Run - type SERVICES.MSC
2. Find the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
3. Double-click the Service and change the Startup Type to Automatic and
click Start button and there you go.

According to me, by default the Startup Type of IMAPI is "Manual" but you
can still see the Recording Tab. The problem occured when you install
third-party CD/DVD writing softwares.

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If you click on my computer you should see what kind of cd drive you have if its cdr or cdrw or dvdr dvdrw and so on.

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Are you sure it's a blank CD? You can't write to a CD that has already been written to and "finalized"

If this is a new CD player, it should have the letters CD-RW printed on the front. If not, it's a reader only.

If you've used the CD writer before, go to Control Panel/System/Device Manager, and delete the CD player. Then reboot, and it will discover the player, and install the drivers again.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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