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Removing the “You Have Files Waiting To Be Burned To Disc” message

FilesWaitingToBeBurnedQ: When I turn on my PC, I see the message “You have files waiting to be burned to disc.” How do I get rid of that message?

A: Whenever you tell your PC to copy files to a disc, Windows copies those files and hides the copies in a temporary folder. And those files sit there forever, waiting for you to insert your disc and complete the burning process. And until you insert that disc, you’ll keep seeing that annoying message.

But if you don’t want to burn the files to the disc — perhaps you chose the Burn command accidentally, for example — that nagging message remains in both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. You can usually get rid of the message by following these steps:

  1. Click the Start button, and click the Computer button.
  2. Right click on your CD or DVD drive and click “Delete temporary files.”
  3. Click Yes.

Advanced method: Windows stores copies of files waiting to be written to disc in this folder:

C:\Users\ANDY\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn

(Substitute your own User Account name for “ANDY” in the above example.)

Delete the files and folders waiting in the “Burn” folder, and the message will disappear.

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Comment from Dwayne Butler
Time January 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

Had 3 files in this folder. Using your Advanced file path I was successful in removing two files but one remained. It yielded the error msg that it was open in another program.

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time January 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

Dwayne: Try restarting your computer, then removing the leftover file from the file path. That should free up the file that’s being held open in another program.

Comment from Robert Bethune
Time March 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

How can I get rid of that idiotic message, once and for all, forever, so that I never see it again as long as I live? I KNOW when I have files waiting. It’s when I’m burning disks! I don’t need to be told so every ten seconds!

Comment from hetty
Time August 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I followed your advice, but the folder is empty and I can not find “delete temperary files.” What am I missing?

Comment from Dan
Time February 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

Thanks! The Advanced Path method worked great!

Comment from Peter O.
Time February 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

THanks Andy the advanced path method did it for me

Comment from Joe
Time March 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Andy! That stupid message has been driving me batty!

Comment from oytun
Time November 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

tick show hidden files makes them visible…

Comment from hetty
Time August 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I followed your advice, but the folder is empty and I can not find ā€œdelete temperary files.ā€ What am I missing?

Comment from phil
Time February 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Thanks a lot. It worked a treat.

Comment from Steve Doole
Time February 12, 2014 at 6:40 am

I do not have the ‘delete temperary files’ option either.
And I cannot see folder AppData – do I need ‘Administrator’ rights to see these?

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time February 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

> Steve: You don’t need Administrator rights to see those. However, Windows normally hides those files, because they’re considered housekeeping files that most people never need to bother with. To see them, you need to tell Windows to show you your “hidden files.” Let me know which version of Windows you’re using, and I’ll show you how to keep Windows from hiding that file.

Comment from Lynne
Time February 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thanks a lot! I solved this annoying problem with your help.

Comment from shabaz
Time April 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Thanks buddy this message was driving me nuts. Its now fixed.

J

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