Solved I receive warning: Windows Burning Engine (IMAPI)

February 28, 2012 at 08:33:05
Specs: Windows XP
I just wanted to know what the cause of this error message could be and how to eliminate the error: When I go into NERO EXPRESS, I get the message: " Another application is currently using the Windows Burning Engine (IMAPI) Please quit the application and run again. I have uninstalled all other burning programs, same trouble. Any ideas?

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February 28, 2012 at 11:04:10
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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

Restart Windows

OR - if that doesn't work, the same things except

4. In the Startup type pull-down menu, select Disabled.

Restart Windows.

"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.

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February 28, 2012 at 12:42:55
I was pleasantly surprised, by receiving an answer to my problem so quickly.
I followed the instructions immediately, found the list of services.
It took a while to locate the IMAPI item: it was hidden behind the beginning words
COM services but by looking in several subjects I found the IMAPI one.
The stopping went without problems.
After this I tried the icon Nero. It showed the starting picture for burning only a short time, but without the previous warning.
I thought that the problem had started by relocating the "AHEAD" program from the C-partition to the D-partition.
And indeed, after re-installing the "AHEAD" program in C, the program appeared and operates as it should.

My idea of replacing AHEAD was to reduce the size of the C-partition, but this obviously create problems and has failed.

Thanks very much for the very quick and good instructions.

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February 28, 2012 at 15:02:46
Sorry to nag but if you happen to come back please edit your email address out of post #2. If you leave it there (or anywhere else on the internet in open undisguised text) the spammers engines will find it and you will get increasing junk email forever.

I put my email address on a website in the mid 1990's and ended up having to change my address because I was getting 120 unsolicited junk emails per day - I learned the hard way LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 29, 2012 at 07:20:55
It should make no difference at all which partition you install the Nero software on.

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February 29, 2012 at 07:59:46
Thanks Derek for the warning. You are quite right.
I removed my name and email address.
I will try to replace Ahead (Nero) llater.

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