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Cannot Rename the Volume Label for a CD-R or CD-RW Disc from Within Windows Explorer

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After you insert a blank or multisession compact disc recordable (CD-R) or compact disc rewritable (CD-RW) medium into the CD-burning drive of a computer, when you right-click a blank area in the Exploring window and then click Properties to change the volume label for the disc, the label box may appear dimmed and you cannot change the label.
This behavior occurs because Windows XP does not support the renaming of CD-R or CD-RW media from within Windows Explorer. Renaming would require writing to the CD.
To work around this issue, when you burn data to a CD, you can rename the CD on the very first page of the CD Burning Wizard process.
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
279157 Description of CD-ROM Recording in Windows XP

Article ID: 291731 - Last Review: 12/06/2015 01:16:46 - Revision: 1.2

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