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cdrtfe 1.5.8



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cdrtfe - cdrtools Frontend

System requirements

Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10.

Tested with Win 98SE, Win ME, Win 2000 Pro SP4, Win XP Pro SP3, Win 7 Pro SP1, Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Win 8.1 Pro, Win 10 Pro.

Hints on using cdrtfe with Win9x/ME see below on this page.


1. Method:

Download and execute the setup file (exe installer or Windows Installer Package). Follow the instructions.

2. Method:

Get the self-extracting archive of the portable version. After being extracted cdrtfe can be started without any further installation.

3. Method:

Get the zip archive. After being extracted cdrtfe can be started without any further installation.

Using cdrtfe on Windows 9x/ME

cdrtfe should be usable on Windows 98/ME. At least there haven't been any changes that intentionally break the compatibility to these operating systems. However, during the development there is no possibility to test cdrtfe on a real Windows 98/ME system, only on a virtual machine, which doesn't allow to test all functions before a release. So, unexpected problems can occur.

Following limitations and potential problems are known:

Windows 95:

cdrtfe will not work on Windows 95.


Under Windows 98/ME the Windows Installer Package (*.msi) cannot be used. The exe installer, the portable version and the zip archive work without restrictions.

ASPI Driver:

The SCSI Passthrough Interface (SPTI) doesn't exist under Windows 98/ME. So cdrtfe needs a working ASPI driver (ASPI = Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) which allows the access to the drives. If cdrtfe cannot find the CD/DVD/BD drive or a bluescreen (BSoD) occurs when cdrtfe is started or cdrecord is run manually ('cdrecord -scanbus'), then this may be caused by a problem with the ASPI driver.

In this case the ASPI driver from Windows should be replaced. There a several alternative drivers, e.g. from Adaptec or Nero. For use under Windows 98/ME the Adaptec ASPI driver 4.60 is recommended, which can be installed using the package ForceAspi 1.8.


Some of the commandline programs used by cdrtfe need DLLs from the cygwin environment, especially the cygwin1.dll. cdrtfe provides this DLL in version 1.5.25, which usually works on Windows 98/ME. In some cases this version causes problems (like BSoD when starting cdrtfe or executing a project). If this is the case, an older version of the cygwin DLLs based on cygwin 1.5.14 can be used. These DLLs can be downloaded from the cdrtfe website. All three DLLs (cygwin1.dll, cygiconv-2.dll, cygintl-3.dll) have to be replaced. They are located in the cdrtfe program folder in the subfolder tools\cygwin.

Informationen for older versions (up to cdrtfe 1.3.9)

Not recommended! For experts only! For cdrtfe up to version 1.3.9 only!

  1. Download the current cdrtfe version (zip archive) from the download page.
  2. Download all necessary and the desired optional programs and tools:
    cdrtools, cygwin1.dll, Mode2CDMaker, rrenc/rrdec, VCDImager, madplay, lame, oggdec, oggenc, flac, sh.exe, cdrdao
    Mode2Form2 File Extractor
  3. Extract all archives into a folder.
  4. Start cdrtfe by double clicking the file cdrtfe.exe.

necessary programs/tools:

optional programs/tools:

To run cdrtfe you need the cdrtools, at least the files cdrecord.exe and mkisofs.exe. Since cdrtfe 1.1 both cdrtools versions (cygwin and Mingw) are supported, however, at the moment cdrtfe cannot write CDs on-the-fly with the Mingw version under Win9x, ME.

If the cygwin version of the cdrtools is used, the file sh.exe is needed to burn CDs on-the-fly under Win9x, ME. With Win2k and WinXP this is not necessary, however, if sh.exe is found in the cdrtfe directory, it will be used.
sh.exe is not part of the win32 binary packages. It can be downloaded separately (see below).

cdrtfe has been tested with cdrdao version 1.1.5 and 1.1.7. cdrdao needs the file cygwin1.dll.

The Mode2CDMaker version has to be at least 1.5.1, older version are not supported. dat2file.exe should be abailable, too. The additional error protection needs rrenc.

To create VideoCDs the VCDImager is needed, which requires the file cygwin1.dll.

MP3 files can be used as source files for Audio CDs, if madplay (0.15.2) is available. To use files in the ogg format oggdec is needed. Files in ape format (Monkey's Audio) can be decoded with mac.exe (from

The encoding of CD tracks into mp3, Ogg Vorbis or FLAC format is only possible, if the respective program (lame, oggenc, flac) is available.

If the cygwin version of the cdrtools is used, the file cygwin1.dll is needed. The file cygwin1.dll can either be together with the cdrtools and cdrtfe in one directory or somewhere else in the searchpath.

For more information read the file readme_en.txt.

If you want to write DVDs, you need a DVD capable version of cdrecord. Read readme_dvd_en.txt for more information.

Notes for users of previous versions

With cdrtfe version 1.0 some changes have been introduced which may affect users of previous versions (0.8 - 0.9.2):