It usually automatically calculates the writing speed when it prepares to copy. In this case, it doesn't even get that far, that is to the screen asking for a writing speed. As soon as I enter the name of the proposed new CD I get the message "Cannot Complete
the CD WRiting Wizard.....there was an error in the writing process." I've checked the defrag, disc clean up, uninstalled Real Player as it opened mysteriously when I try to write to a CD.
The article above ^^ points out something interesting. In order to burn a cd, windows will make a mirror image of that list and you will need 1 Gigabyte plus of space availible on your hardrive. Does your hardrive have about 2 gigs of space left?
Try unintstalling the wizard and reinstalling it... Oh and as for the REALplayer, did you install it around the time these problems started occurring?
Hmmm, this doesn't sound like malware or spyware... but it never hurts to check.
If you do not thave decent programs here are two free ones that will help: