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Upgrading Dell Easy CD Creator 5.2 and Using on Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2 -- Thank You!

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Just a quick note to say Thank You for all of the great information shared on this marvelous board. Thanks to the helpful and knowledgeable people here, I have seemingly solved a long, aggravating problem with my crappy Easy CD Creator 5.2 that was shipped with my Dell Dimension 4550 back in early 2003. I primarily used it to copy and/or create Audio CDs, although I would occasionally copy/make data CDs, too.


Anyway, the software was crap from the start on Windows XP Home, Service Pack 1. Then, just a year or so ago, I patched Windows with Service Pack 2. After that, the software went south and was completely useless. Eventually, I uninstalled it and swore that I would create a Roxio Voodoo doll and spend my free time thinking of creative (no pun intended) ways to torture it.


Eventually, I released my hostility (mostly) about the matter.


Now, just last night, after about a year, I lost my mind and decided to install Easy CD Creator 5.2 again. Why? Because I love the pain...


After using Google to search for a patch to allow Easy CD Creator 5.2 to run on Windows XP Home, Service Pack 2, I found this magical utopia. Here is a brief summary of my experience. I hope it is at least some small benefit to someone out there.




This is a Windows XP Home Edition PC with Service Pack 2 installed prior to the following steps.


1. Installed Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.2 from CD-ROM

2. Rebooted

3. Disc Copier did not work

4. Using "Add/Remove Programs," I uninstalled Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.2

5. Rebooted

6. Ran RoxioZap

7. Rebooted

8. Installed Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.2 from CD-ROM

9. Ran "Updates Easy CD Creator 5.x.x Basic and Starter Kit to 5.3.5" found at the bottom of http://www.roxio.com/enu/support/software_updates/

10. Ran patch download from Dell to update Roxio Easy CD creator 5.3.x.xx basic to v found at http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=113880

11. Rebooted

12. Tried to copy disc and received "E80004005: Unspecified error"

13. Using Google, I found this error likely relates to the CD/DVD drivers. Source: http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Creator/EEZ000009

14. From the Dell Support site (I have an older Dell Dimension 4550), I downloaded the most current firmware (several years old) for my CD and DVD drives.

15. Rebooted


At this point, everything seems to work fine. No more errors or hang-ups.




Again, I extend a big THANK YOU to everyone here!




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