Just a quick follow up to my problem. I tried a lot of different remedies suggested by people in different forums to no avail. Nothing would make my comp read the drive as a burner. I even went to Roxio's Help Pages and tried some of their cures for the problem, but my comp still wouldn't read my CD/DVD/RW as a burner. Hell, I couldn't even use Defragment anymore it was so messed up from old virus attacks.
By chance yesterday I was Googling for something totally unrelated and came across an easy cure. I knew my Windows files had to have been either corrupted or deleted by past virus attacks which was my main problem. I was reading some info about a particular virus when I saw the article mention you could use the built-in System File Checker
to repair corrupted or missing protected System files. You just open the Command prompt and type in sfc /scannow
and windows will scan through the Windows folder and fix or repair the bad files. I now have my burner back once more.
I was kinda disheartened that this got no replies, but I thought I'd still post a follow up.