Keep getting "You have files waiting to be written to CD" message

Computer CD-ROMThis message occurs on Microsoft Windows XP operating systems that have the included CD recording software enabled. To resolve this issue, follow the steps below.

  1. Open My Computer
  2. right-click on the CD-ROM drive and click properties.
  3. Click the "Recording" tab.
  4. Uncheck the "Enable CD Recording on this drive" and close out of all the Windows.

Once disabled, if you want to continue to use the Microsoft recording software, follow the above steps again and re-enable the Microsoft CD recording. Alternatively, we suggest you consider using a third-party CD recording software.

Additional information

  • See our CD-R and CD-RW definitions for further information and related links on these term.