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Chapter 3. Preparing Your Computer and Material > Disabling Scheduled Programs

Disabling Scheduled Programs

Not every Windows program is “well behaved.” (Programmers would love you to think so, but it's not true.) Some of your favorite applications may be downright obnoxious; for example, a misbehaving program may prompt you for input without allowing other programs running simultaneously to continue in the background (effectively halting your entire system). Other programs may simply lock up from time to time. These types of interruptions during a recording session likely spell doom for that disc—if you're recording a CD-R, another ruined coaster hits the bottom of your trash can. (CD-RW and DVD+RW discs can simply be reformatted.)

To make sure your recordings aren't interrupted, you should disable any program that may kick in during a recording session, as well as other programs that may be running minimized or in the background. If a program isn't necessary to Windows or your recording software, disable or exit that program before you launch your recording software—and that includes programs running under Windows 2000 or XP Professional.


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