Can't burn Audio CD's, error - "Windows Media Player cannot burn to the disc because the drive is in use. Wait a few minutes for other burning tasks to complete and then try again"

Original Title - Can't burn Audio CD's

When I try to burn an audio CD, I get the error message "Windows Media Player cannot burn to the disc because the drive is in use. Wait a few minutes for other burning tasks to complete and then try again". There is no other burning application running and this issue has only started since I upgraded to Windows 8.

Hi,

As I understand the issue, you are unable to burn audio disc through windows media player and receive error message "Windows Media Player cannot burn to the disc because the drive is in use. Wait a few minutes for other burning tasks to complete and then try again". Please let me know if this is not correct. I understand that it must be frustrating, but rest assured, we are here to help fix your issue and guide you in the right direction.

Before proceeding with the troubleshooting steps I may need a few more information to understand the issue better.
1. Does it happen with any specific file or with all the files?
2. What is the make and model number of the computer?

Method 1:
Let's first try the steps in the article and check if it helps.

Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/burn-cd-or-dvd-media-player

Method 2:
If this happen with all the files then I would suggest you to uninstall the CD or DVD drive, then try installing CD/DVD drive in compatibility mode and check if it helps.
I would suggest you to uninstall the CD/DVD drivers then, download the Windows 7 drivers from the manufacture website and install it in Windows 7 compatibility mode and check if that helps.
Step 1: Follow the steps provided below to uninstall the CD/DVD drivers.

a) Move the mouse to bottom left corner and right-click on the ‘Start icon’.
b) Select ‘device manager’.
c) Expand ‘
DVD/CD-ROM drives’ and right-click on ‘drive’ and select ‘uninstall’.


Step 2: Install the drivers for the CD/DVD in Windows 7 compatibility mode and check if that helps.

a) Download the CD/DVD drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
b) Right-click on the driver and click on ‘properties’.
c) Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 7 operating system from the drop down.
d) Click on ‘Apply’ and click ‘OK’ and run the file to install it.
Give this a go; I’m confident you will find what you need here. But if you face any further issue please reply back to this post and I'll be happy to assist you further.

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I can not burn a cd off my external hard drive

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it is a inspron

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Did you get this fixed? I'm having exactly the same problems with a brand new Samsung NP550P5C with Windows 8. Please can someone help me???

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@NeilCampsie:
I did solve the problem. I formatted the hard drive and re-installed Windows 7. the DVD-Writer has worked perfectly ever since.

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I'm using a brand new install of Windows 8 so I don't think that's going to work for me but thanks for the feedback.

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Dont suppose you found a solution to this?

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all files and it is a dell inspiron 15r

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I had an ephemeral version of this problem.  Process Explorer revealed that Windows Media Player was standing on its left foot with its right foot (some part of the program had a handle for the CD drive (\Device\CdRom1) open and some other part didn't realize this).  Exiting and restarting wmplayer fixed this.

(This happened to me on Windows 10 on an HP Stream netbook with an external Samsung USB CD/DVD drive.  But I doubt that any of that matters.  Probably more important is that is was wmplayer.exe version 12.0.10011.16384.  And that it only happened on the 2nd CD I tried to burn from the same burn list in the same invocation of wmplayer)

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Same! This worked, thanks.

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