What are you referring to when you say it “remains as a cd drive”? If you are referring to the description of the drive in Windows Explorer or My Computer, then you are correct, it is a known XP bug. However, no matter what is shown in the description, it does not affect operation.
So, you will need to experiment and provide more information. Does it read CD’s? DVD’s? Burned and commercial discs? Does it recognize blank CD’s? DVD’s? What software are you using? Have you tried a different app? (Try ImgBurn).