What is DirectCD.exe?

The genuine DirectCD.exe file is a software component of Easy CD Creator by Roxio.
This is Roxio's packet writing software that allows users to write and delete to CDs and DVDs as if they were a normal drive. Features of the software include conversion of analogue audio from LPs and cassettes, photo enhancement tools including red-eye removal, photo cropping & brightness adjustments to enhance photos and the ability to edit raw footage into home movies using transitions, menus and music.

DirectCD stands for DirectCD Application

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the DirectCD.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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DirectCD.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DirectCD
DirectCD.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DirectCD Application or DirectCD Microsoft belongs to software Easy CD Creator (version 5 Basic) or Panasonic Document Management by Roxio (

Description: DirectCD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DirectCD.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\ or C:\Program Files\adaptec\directcd\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 684,032 bytes (79% of all occurrences), 679,936 bytes, 675,840 bytes, 655,360 bytes or 299,008 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. DirectCD.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with DirectCD.exe occur, you can also do the following:

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DirectCD.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DirectCD.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

directcd.exe is a part of Adaptec (now Roxio's) Easy CD/DVD Creator. This is packet writing software which allows the user to write and delete to CDs and DVDs as if they were a normal drive. This program is a non-essential system process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
Direct CD application for writing files to CD
  Moosa   (further information)
The driver is called something else, NOT DirectCD.???
  Vanessa Campbell  
Uses more cpu than it should. Very non-essential, in fact, the whole concept of DirectCD has problems. Many people start using it, without realizing that it creates disks that are non-portable. A disk used on computer A is useless on computer B. Plus, the process is using quite a bit of cpu time just running in the background when it should be doing nothing.
Directcd.exe is inbuild tool in winXP for drag n drop writing of cd.
  Abraham   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DirectCD.exe: based on 11 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think DirectCD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks DirectCD.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade DirectCD.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving DirectCD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DirectCD. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DirectCD.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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