You have files waiting to be burned to disc in Windows 10/8/7

If you see You have files waiting to be burned to disc message in Windows 10/8/7 taskbar notification area, every time you start your computer, then it simply means that there was an error when you tried to copy the files earlier and the copy did not completely successfully. if files or folders have been accidentally placed on the Disc burner drive or if a copy or recording operation failed completely. If you see this message, then follow this tutorial to delete these temporary files that are waiting to be burned to disc and solve the problem.

You have files waiting to be burned to disc

You have files waiting to be burned to disc

The resolution is quite simple. You will have to navigate to the following folder and delete all the temporary files placed in it:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder

To do so, open Run box, type shell:cd burning and hit Enter, to open the folder.

Delete all the files in this Temporary Burn Folder folder.

Restart your computer.

You will now not see this message pop out.

If you find that some of the files will not delete, restart your computer and try this procedure again.

Alternatively, you could open the Computer folder. You will see Devices with Removable Storage list. Under this section, select the CD/DVD drive and right-click on it, and select Delete Temporary Files.

These links may interest some of you:

  1. There was an error burning this disc. the disc might no longer be usable
  2. Enable, Disable Disk Write Caching in Windows 10/8/7.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Ziggy

    Thank you…Thank you…Thank you… I’ve been looking for an article like this for some time and here it is!

  2. himukala

    Instead of saying ‘open RUN box’, say ‘type RUN in Search programs and files’ and press return.

  3. Paul Shoopman

    This didn’t work because there are no files in the folder to begin with.

  4. Greig Weston

    Same for me but I moved up a directory level to the ‘Burn’ folder and found I had two Temporary Burn Folders. This second folder contained the temporary files that were causing the annoying prompt. I deleted this folder. Job done. Any way, hope you got it fixed.

  5. Paul Shoopman

    It’s gone now. I finally fixed it but can’t remember how I did it. lol

  6. Denis Danlandi

    the shell cd burning folder is empty but my files r having a padlock on it

  7. Denis Danlandi

    what should i do

  8. Anonymous 4Areason

    If Microsoft went through all the trouble of creating these nagging balloons and so-called session folder for the purpose of burning, the least Microsoft could’ve done was input an additional explanation inside the same balloon or another mouse-over, once the Windows Explorer folder opens after clicking the balloon, which further explains that these particular files are just copies of the original simply cached in this location, and that deleting these files does not delete the originals.

    Better yet, Microsoft could’ve certainly created a pop-up option asking the user if they would like to discard these files from the cache if they no longer wish to burn them.

    Just another one Microsoft’s insidious yet unnecessary quirks that they could’ve easily solved during before bringing the OS to market. Which again, only proves just how little Microsoft actually cares about end users.

    I’m so sick of Microsoft’s nonsense and lack of proper attention to things like this. They call themselves software engineers and yet with the hundreds of thousands of employees Microsoft has, they expect us to believe that they couldn’t have addressed these types of issues prior to OS inception?!——-Palease!

    Whatever happened to the Windows 7 mantra (“This is my PC simplified”)?

    If non-engineer end users can pick up on these types of problems as soon as they’re encountered, then why should we believe that multiple teams of system engineers, whom work day in and day out for this monopoly of a company, could not reach the same conclusion?!

    Oh wait, I know why——-because Microsoft’s CEO didn’t want it on the company agenda because he truly doesn’t give a crap about it’s end-user base, despite Microsoft’s often-touted hoopla to the contrary!

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