'DirectCD' will cause Windows to become unstable - error message on every startup

Hi,

I have WindowsXP. I do not have, and never have installed Roxio Easy CD creator on my machine. HOWEVER, a few months ago I stuck an Adaptec CD-RW in my drive to see what was stored on it. I forget the exact sequence of events, but basically it said that in order to read this CD I would have to download/install some software - do I wish to continue Y/N? I said ‘Y’, and everthing seemed fine.

But now, whenever I restart my pc, I always get this very annoying message appearing in the bottom right hand corner of my PC (see attached gif):

“Devices or applications disabled
‘DirectCD’ will cause Windows to become unstable. Windows has prevented these drivers from loading. Click here for more details”

My question is of course - how do I get rid of this? My PC works fine, but I’m starting to get v. annoyed by this pop-up box.

If I click on the box, then I’m directed to Roxio’s web site. Their support system is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard - it’s one of those ones where all questions posted to the technical support forum go unanswered, and no support telephone numbers are given. Also, the support also assumes that you have one of their products - BUT I DON’T HAVE ONE OF THEIR PRODUCTS!

I understand that Roxio has licenced their basic CD software into WindowsXP, which could be some part of this conflict/problem.

Oh - and if I look in add/remove programs, there’s nothing in there that looks anything remotely related to a Roxio or Adaptec or DirectCD product to uninstall.

Aaargh! :mad:

You gotta help me. You just gotta. :bawling:

Originally posted by spaceman
[B]Hi,

I have WindowsXP. I do not have, and never have installed Roxio Easy CD creator on my machine. HOWEVER, a few months ago I stuck an Adaptec CD-RW in my drive to see what was stored on it. I forget the exact sequence of events, but basically it said that in order to read this CD I would have to download/install some software - do I wish to continue Y/N? I said ‘Y’, and everthing seemed fine.

But now, whenever I restart my pc, I always get this very annoying message appearing in the bottom right hand corner of my PC (see attached gif):

“Devices or applications disabled
‘DirectCD’ will cause Windows to become unstable. Windows has prevented these drivers from loading. Click here for more details”

My question is of course - how do I get rid of this? My PC works fine, but I’m starting to get v. annoyed by this pop-up box.

If I click on the box, then I’m directed to Roxio’s web site. Their support system is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard - it’s one of those ones where all questions posted to the technical support forum go unanswered, and no support telephone numbers are given. Also, the support also assumes that you have one of their products - BUT I DON’T HAVE ONE OF THEIR PRODUCTS!

I understand that Roxio has licenced their basic CD software into WindowsXP, which could be some part of this conflict/problem.

Oh - and if I look in add/remove programs, there’s nothing in there that looks anything remotely related to a Roxio or Adaptec or DirectCD product to uninstall.

Aaargh! :mad:

You gotta help me. You just gotta. :bawling: [/B]

Well,

i´ll have a look as soon as the attachment was validated… :sleeping:

Well, check in “software” if there´s anything called “Take Two” cause that is coupled with directcd…if yup…uninstall it and reboot…

btw: are you sure there´s nothing like: Start -> Programs -> DirectCD ???

Originally posted by Ingoal
[B]Well, check in “software” if there´s anything called “Take Two” cause that is coupled with directcd…if yup…uninstall it and reboot…

btw: are you sure there´s nothing like: Start -> Programs -> DirectCD ??? [/B]

Nope. It’s integrated in the OS. Such a shame. Why couldn’t they use Nero? :wink:

There is a way to get rid of it, though. I will have to research a little bit. Be back with an answer soon.

This is an MS Knowledge Base article on the subject. It requires editing some registry keys.

Here is a tweak (its untested, so use at your own risk)

Look for ‘Disable Native CD Burning’

You can try this if its an option:

  1. Open Explorer, right-click on the drive icon for your CD recorder, and select Properties.
  2. Choose the Recording tab, and make sure the Enable CD recording on this drive option is turned off.

Or this:

  1. Run gpedit.msc
  2. User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Explorer
  3. Look for Remove CD Burning Features and double click on it.
  4. Choose enabled and apply

Originally posted by moospot
[B]

Nope. It’s integrated in the OS. Such a shame. Why couldn’t they use Nero? :wink:

[/B]

:nod:

btw: nice hints, i guess the one with “deactivate native burning…” should work…

I know this posting is a little late, but perhaps it can help someone else. I had the same problem just today. I wanted to see what was on an old disk that I created a couple of years ago using DirectCD. When I ran the disk it told me I had to install the Adaptec UDF. I fell for it also and clicked ‘yes’. I too got the " ‘DirectCD’ will cause Windows to become unstable… " message every time I started up Windows.
To locate the driver, I went to the drivers folder and arranged by modified (since I had just installed the driver). Driver name was ‘udfreadr’. It is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers. Simply deleting the file solved the problem.

To ACardFan: you are correct. I had the same problem and did a Search for udfreadr and found it in the drivers folder. I don’t like to delete system files so I always rename to *.OLD. It worked, so thanks. One wonders how much other garbage there is.

…Guess there’s a value to keeping old threads alive. After also being inflicted with the Adaptec annoying driver thing (since 12/04), I finally found your solution. THANKS!

Fell for same trap as ACardFan describes, last night… really annoying! Eventually after loads of Googling, came across the solution here 30 mins ago. Deleting the “udfreadr” driver in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers folder as decribed solved my problem.
I’ve just signed up to sitepoint to say:
Thanks for keeping this crucial old tread alive
Thanks ACardFan for solution …liked the way you worked it out
Thank you for those who have gone through the trouble to confilm it worked
Very Happy …Andrew123 :slight_smile:

Once a Sitepoint forum member, always a Sitepoint forum member :slight_smile:

Thanks for keeping this nearly 6 year old post active.

I too ran into this problem a week ago and now you have helped me solve this annoying problem. I hope that by disabling this warning, I can now get those files off my old backup CD-RW disc.

Thanks again,
Mark :smiley:

I’ve tried it and it works. Thanks people, the thing as been annoying me for ages.

I say we get up a posse and string the bounders up by their “roxio’s”!

My thanks too for keeping this thread alive! Seven years on and this thread is still helping.

After spending several hours trying to delete the stinking DirectCD, Roxio, malware dressed in legit clothing… I found the solution right here at SitePoint.

“Deleting the “udfreadr” driver in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers folder as described solved my problem.”

It makes me proud to be a SitePoint member!

For future reference . . . ‘official’ Roxio support is about the worst out there. However, their [B]user forum[/B] rocks! If you spend some time there (I have been a regular for years), you will quickly learn about the evils of packet writing software like DirectCD or Nero’s InCD etc. [URL=“http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=12382”][B]Here’s one sticky on the subject[/B]. Packet writing is unstable and a sure way to lose data. It’s a good idea to disable ALL packet writing software and instead use a sessions based method to create CD/DVDs.

Wow - post is 6+ years old and still helping people out… Thanks for keeping it alive!

I’ve had the same problem for the past 3-4 weeks and driving me crazy…This is the only web site showing something that actually works and it’s easy!
Driver name was ‘udfreadr’. It is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers. Simply deleting the file solved the problem.
Thanks guys…really appreciate it. Glad I found your site.
Joe

Glad to see this thread still doing a good job. I had this same problem on a client’s older machine, and it was so maddening trying to put it right! Also the CD/DVD had vanished from XP, although it still ran fine in DOS and Linux when tested.

The good advice about looking for the file ‘udfreadr’ has no doubt helped many people, but if like me, you couldn’t find the file, because it wasn’t in there, even after making all hidden files and system files visible, there is a small program which you may find helpful.

I’m told I can’t post a link here as this is my first post, which is a bit daft, so if you type in http and then a colon and two forwardslashes and then www and then .aumha and then .org/downloads/cdgone.zip you should get a zip file download.

Read the readme first after virus-checking and unzipping the file, as always. This program worked fine for me in XP, although it looks like it was originally written for Windows 98. The CD/DVD drive was there too, after a reboot.

The guy we have to thank for this is:

Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User

Windows XP Troubleshooting
winhelponline

I have had the same problem as well, if anyone is still having the problem this is what I did. I searched for udfrunin.exe on my C and clicked it an it ran an uninstall, hope I can help!

So pleased this thread is still alive. I have an old PC which has Windows 98 on one disk and Windows XP professional on another. Tried to run an old CD and was lulled into running Rosio’s Cd creator and then kept reciving the error meesage as listed above. Found the file udfreadr.sys and renamed to udfreadr.tmp and all is well. Thank you all for your help and keeping this thread alive. the silver surfer