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CD contents not being displayed by Windows

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CD contents not being displayed by Windows

stykfigure
A friend recently purchased a Dell PC running XP. While I was over cleaning all the Dellware crap off of it, I ran into a snag. The CDs that I brought would not display in Windows Explorer. It autoplays the Image Download and does nothing to display the contents beyond that, just acts like I never clicked the drive letter. I checked to see if the window was hung, and it still showed processing I don't think it was racking up CPU% like a hung app either. I tried another CD just to see if the one I had just burned had problems, which is possible. The same results with the other CD. I tried using <SHIFT> to keep autoplay from running (couldn't remember where the Regkey was to disable), and this did stop the Autoplay, but still did not display the contents on the 2nd CD. I tried the 1st CD with this method, and it just kept 'reading' like it was hung. I decided to try viewing the contents sans UI (DOS), and could view the contents with no problem on both CDs. I thought maybe Nero had added a format to it making it unreadable w/o Nero installed, so I installed it. Still no luck with using the UI to display the contents. This problem appears to only be with CDs at this point. I have set folder options to allow me to view all (including sys and ext) files. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.