Fix: Windows DVD Maker Fails to Burn on Windows 10, 8.1

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It can sometimes be annoying when you want to burn a CD or DVD and it interrupts right in the middle of the process. There are a few methods that you can try in order to fix your Windows DVD burner and prevent any further damage when you try to burn a DVD or a CD. Follow the steps below in the order they are listed to fix the problem.
Fix Windows DVD burner, fails middle in the burning process (Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
The Windows DVD burner application in Windows 10, 8.1 might interrupt at some point in the burning process mainly because you have some corrupt system drivers or the DVD drive is not reachable via an assigned drive letter from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. So, if your Windows DVD Maker cannot create DVD, here’s how you can fix the problem.

How do I solve Windows DVD maker unable to burn disc?

  1. Run the Fixit App
  2. Burn DVD with Windows Media Player
  3. Run the Hardware and Sound Troubleshooter
  4. Tweak your Registry
  5. Change EnumDevice DWORD
  6. Use a different DVD burner software

1. Run the Fixit App

  1. Left click or tap on the link posted below.
  2. Left click or tap on the “Save File” button you get after you left clicked the link above.
  3. After the application was downloaded to your device you will need to open the directory where you saved it.
  4. Right click or hold tap on the executable file you downloaded.
  5. From the sub-menu that appears left click or tap on the “Run as Administrator” feature.
  6. If you are prompt by a user account control window you will need to left click or tap on the “Yes” button to proceed.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the installation of the Troubleshooting application.
  8. After you ran the application successfully reboot your Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 operating system.
  9. Check again to see if you can burn a DVD successfully.

— RELATED: Fix: DVD Not Working in Windows 10/8.1

2. Burn DVD with Windows Media Player

In this method you are going to try burning a DVD with Windows Media Player.

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the window.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Search” feature.
  3. In the search dialog box write the following: “Windows Media Player” without the quotes.
  4. Left click or tap on the “Apps” feature.
  5. From the Apps menu you will need to left click or tap on the “Windows Media Player” icon.
  6. Now in the upper right side of the Windows Media Player application you will need to left click or tap on the “Switch to Library” button.
  7. In the window that appears left click or tap on the “Burn” tab situated in the upper side of the window.
  8. Left click or tap on the “Burn Options” button.
  9. Left click or tap on the “Data CD or DVD” feature or whichever DVD you wish to make.
  10. Now place a blank DVD or CD into the DVD Burner.
  11. Now select the drive letter that corresponds with the DVD burner you placed the DVD in.
  12. Drag and drop the items you wish to burn from the details panel to the list panel to make a burn list.
  13. Now after you made the list you will need to left click or tap on the “Start burn” button.
  14. Check to see if your burning process works in this application.

3. Run the Hardware and Sound Troubleshooter

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” logo button and the “R” button.
  2. You should have in front of you the “Run” window now.
  3. In the run dialog box write the following: “control” without the quotes.
  4. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  5. Now in the Control Panel window you should have a search box situated in the upper side of the window.
  6. Write in the search box the following: “troubleshooter” without the quotes.
  7. Left click or tap on the “Troubleshooter” icon after the search has finished.
  8. Under the “Hardware and Sound” topic left click or tap on the “Configure a device” feature.hardware sound troubleshooterNote: you might be prompted by a window where you need to write your administrator account and password in.
  9. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the troubleshooting process.

4. Tweak your Registry

Note: Before doing the steps below you will need to make a backup copy of the system or at least your important documents and files that you might need later on.

  1. Reboot your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 operating system.
  2. When the device starts log in with your administrator account and password.
  3. On the Start screen press and hold the “Windows” logo button and the “R” button.
  4. In the run dialog box write the following: “regedit” without the quotes.
  5. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  6. You now have the Registry Editor window in front of you.
  7. On the left side double click or double tap on the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder.
  8. In the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder find and open the “SYSTEM” folder.
  9. In the “SYSTEM” folder find and open the “CurrentControlSet” folder.
  10. In the “CurrentControlSet” folder find and open the “Control” folder.
  11. In the “Control” folder find and open the “Class” folder.
  12. Now search for and open the “{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}” folder.current control set registry editor
  13. On the right side pane left click or tap on the “UpperFilters” registry.
  14. Left click or tap on the Edit feature and left click or tap on the “Delete” feature to remove the “UpperFilters” registry.
  15. Left click or tap on the “Yes” button to proceed with the deletion.
  16. Now left click or tap on the “LowerFilters” in the right side panel and do the same steps as for the “UpperFilters” to remove it.
  17. Close the Registry Editor window.
  18. Reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system.
  19. Try again your Windows DVD burner to see if the process works normally this time.

5. Change EnumDevice DWORD

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” logo button and the “R” button.
  2. In the run dialog box write the following: “regedit” without the quotes.
  3. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  4. In the Registry Editor window open the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” situated on the right side pane.
  5. From the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder find and open the “SYSTEM” folder.
  6. From the “SYSTEM” folder find and open the “CurrentControlSet” folder.
  7. From the “CurrentControlSet” folder find and open the “Services” folder.
  8. Now within the “Services” folder right click or hold tap on the “atapi” folder.
  9. Right click or hold tap on the “atapi” folder and left click or tap on the “New” feature.
  10. From the “New” submenu left click or tap on the “Key” feature.
  11. As a name write the following: “Controller0” without the quotes.
  12. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  13. Right click or hold tap on the “Controller0” feature and left click or tap on the “New” option.
  14. From the “New” submenu left click or tap on the “DWORD(32-bit) Value” option.
  15. As a name for the DWORD write the following: “EnumDevice1” without the quotes.
  16. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  17. Right click or hold tap on the “EnumDevice1” DWORD.
  18. From the menu left click or tap on the “Modify” feature.
  19. Next to Value Data feature write the following: “1” without the quotes.
  20. Left click or tap on the “OK” button.
  21. Close the Registry Editor window.
  22. Reboot your operating system.
  23. Check again to see if your Windows DVD burner works for you.

6. Use a different DVD Burner

If nothing worked, try using a different DVD burning software. Some of the best tools that you can download on your Windows 10 computer are the following:

And there you have  some useful steps on how to fix your Windows DVD burner if it fails in the middle of your burning process. If you have further questions regarding this article, you can always write us in the comments section of the page situated below and we will help you further as soon as possible.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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