The past couple of days I've had a frustrating Windows Media Player error manifest itself on both my work computer and home computer. When trying to burn files to CD-R at work, WMP went through the preparation phase and began burning the files to disc as normal, but abruptly stopped after burning the first two files (and ruining the disc) giving me the error message saying it couldn't continue and that I should try a different brand or make sure the disc was clean. These are Memorex CD-Rs and I've burned dozens of these for work time and time again without issue. I tried several more times, using different disc brands and getting the same result each time. Experimentation showed this happens with both music and data files.
Meanwhile, back at home, my wife was trying to burn some family snapshots onto CD-R. The same process repeated with her to the letter. These dual WMP breakdown happened within a day of each other. I've looked online and found several references to this happening to others, but it doesn't seem to be common and no cause identified (that I've seen). Have there been recent program upgrades, or perhaps a virus turning up (I ran a virus scan, but nothing turned up)? Burning progresses normally via alternative programs, but the way my systems are set up, those are a hassle to use. I don't share software between the systems, and only occasionally transfer files via USB memory--which is automatically scanned with viral detection software (all up to date). I have plenty of hard drive space available and free memory. Both burners work fine with alternate programs, and the WMP functioned perfectly until just a few days ago.
Anyone have an idea?