I'm running Roxio 7 with drag2disc (as & when I need it). I think versions before 6 might have had a problem with XP but 6 & 7 are definitely OK.
I've just tried to "break" it like I did the others (auto insert off) & I can't. I think the difference is Imapi in that the others use it & Roxio doesn't.
Maybe it'll work for you too. I don't think there are demo versions from Roxio but there's always other ways to get a "trial" version.
If you go into control panel , administrative tools & services. Scroll down to IMAPI CD burning COM service. It should be set to manual.
The other thing on my systems is that I disable Microsoft CD recording. This is My computer, right click on the burner & properties. Look at the Recording tab. As I said mine is not enabled.
The final thing is that my user (Tim strangely enough ) has administrator rights.
If none of this works I'm out of ideas.
Btw where in the world are you?