DEFINATELY NOT Dell thing. (I love my Dell Dimension 9100)
My sugestion is getting Roxio 9 CHEAPLY. This site is a Russian site that I got from one of my instructors at ITT-TECH Institute. I buy a BUNCH of software from here with NO problems. I even got Windows XP Pro from here (until Windows had the Genuine Advantage thing going on. I had to get a certified copy then.)
Anyhow, I bought Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 and had no problems. I was even able to register it. Them Russians got some stuff for you! Check out this site. IT'S GOOD! http://www.warezstore.com/ (home page) then for Roxio's stuff http://www.warezstore.com/p/?letter=R.
I questioned this site for a while, but then thought about it, thinking, "If this site was illegal, then SURELY Microsoft would have CRUSHED them years ago, and my college instructor wouldn't have directed the class here either. So I guess it's okay." AND have been using them ever since my first purchase.
Hope this helps!
P.S. Drag to Disc is ALSO in this version of Easy Media Creator. So, I've had to uninstall it from this , too. DVD creation is VERY easy with this software!