dvd burning - Why is desktop.ini "Ready to Be Written to the Disc" of any CD or DVD inserted under Windows 7?

  • hippietrail

    I have a netbook with an external CD/DVD burner running Windows 7 Starter. Whenever I put any CD or DVD (doesn't have to be blank) in the drive and navigate to its path in Windows Explorer, it tells me under "Files Currently on the Disc":

    Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc (1) desktop.ini 23/03/2011

    I can't recall ever doing anything that I would've expected would send any files to be written the CD/DVD.

    The contents of the .ini file doesn't look suspicious:

    [.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21815

    Is this some Windows 7 feature I didn't know about? A known glitch? Likely the result of some accidental and unnoticed drag and drop? How do I undo it? Is it safe to just delete the desktop.ini via Windows Explorer?

  • Answers
  • Joel Coehoorn

    Here is what happened:

    1. In the process of a burning a CD/DVD or preparing to burn a CD/DVD, you changed the sort order, arrangement, or other layout/view option for the special "Burn DVD" folder Windows uses as a staging area for these files to be different than the default view.
    2. A hidden "desktop.ini" file is created automatically to hold this information, so that the next time you view the folder it will remember your preference. This is normal behavior for any folder on your file system, and if you go looking for it you can find this file all over the place.
    3. After burning the CD, this file was cleared out along with everything else. However, your layout was still non-standard, and so it is recreated when the folder is closed.
    4. You now have a file sitting in the special staging folder, and that trips up the "File waiting to be burned to CD" notice.
  • Peter Mortensen

    The post Desktop.ini file keeps showing up as a file to be written to a blank CD says it is normal behavior. One person suggests hiding system files so you don't see it.

  • Sandeep Bansal

    Ignore it, it's just a file similar to the thumbs.db file you see. It can also be considered the same as the .DS_STORE file found in Macs. It just contains certain configuration for the current directory.

  • Canadian Luke

    Right click on the following folder: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn or C:\Users*[your user name]*\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn

    Select Properties > Security TAB > Edit > Click on any user name > CHECK: Deny (to the right of Full Control) > OK > OK

    Desktop.ini no longer shows up, I don't know what other consequences this will have other than maybe not directly burning to the disc, but most of us use third party burning software anyway.

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    How can I copy the files from DVD writer? Thanks in advance.


    It is a dual layer DVD. But my dvd writer can read dual layer DVDs I think. Model of the DVD writer: ASUS DRW-1608P3S. Also, there is a text that reads DVD 9 on the disc.

    EDIT 2:

    Here is the status from AnyDVD:

    Summary for drive K: (AnyDVD  
    ASUS DRW-1608P3S 1.24 06/05/24PIONEER  
    Drive (Hardware) Region: 1
    Media is a DVD.  
    Booktype: dvd-rom (version 1), Layers: 1  
    Total size: 2448000 sectors (4781 MBytes)

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    Try to download Slysoft AnyDVD and install it. You will only need the 30 day trial to test this. Install it , Reboot, and then try accessing the DVD. Let me know how it goes

  • Kaji

    Not too up on Windows 7, so I don't know specifically how it handles certain things, but is it possible that the drive is looking for one DVD region while the disc is another?

  • rodey

    The problem is probably related to copy protection mechanisms on the DVD. CPM's would prevent your computer from reading the disc and that would cause the software you mentioned to not be able to copy the files. As someone else mentioned, AnyDVD will disable the CPM's and allow you to use the DVD on your computer.