If you have a compatible CD burner, you shouldn't need to do anything special to get it working under Windows XP. If you're unable to record a CD, check to ensure that the feature is properly configured:
Open My Computer, right-click the CD Drive icon, and then click Properties.
Click the Recording tab to display the settings.
If you don't see a Recording tab, then Windows XP doesn't recognize your CD burner's recording capabilities. Check the
Windows Hardware Compatibility List
to make sure your drive is on the list.
Make sure the Enable CD recording on this drive check box is selected. This setting turns on the built-in CD recording features included with Windows XP.
Try a slower speed. Instead of choosing the Fastest setting, dial the burning speed back to 18X or even 8X. Your drive may be able to keep up with a less demanding pace.