|Windows XP has a simple CD burning service built into it - the Windows Burning Engine (IMAPI). |
( For info about how it's used, search Help and Support in XP using something such as: burn a CD.)
Usually, when you install a third party burning program in XP, the third party program installation changes Windows settings so the built in CD burning service is prevented from running if the program has it's own burning service, automatically,
or, the third party program installation changes Windows settings and uses that built in service rather than Windows using it, automatically.
However, apparently, when SOME versions of Nero have been installed, you get the error you're getting when you try to use Nero.
(It seems to be a problem with Nero software ONLY.)
I found two common versions of what you need to do...
1. Click Start -> Run, type services.msc and click OK.
2. Scroll down the list of services in the right-hand side pane and find IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service. Double-click it (or highlight it and select Properties) to open the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Properties window.
3. Make sure Service status is Stopped. If it isn't stop it with the Stop button.
4. In the Startup type pull-down menu, select Manual
OR - if that doesn't work, the same things except
4. In the Startup type pull-down menu, select Disabled.
"I have uninstalled all other burning programs,"
That was wise.
You should not have more than one third party burning program installed at any one time, because most of them have one or more resident module(s) - a part that runs all the time Windows is running - and those for different programs are likely to CLASH with each other and cause you problems.