LightScribe System Software

What is 
LightScribe System Software?

The one thing that surprises people when they first decide to use LightScribe as a labeling solution is the need for system software that specifically allows their new LightScribe drive to communicate with their operating system.

Since waaaaay back Windows and Mac OS have let us just replace our DVD drives and there you have it, the computer recognises the drive and lets us use it 'out of the box' - True Plug n' Play technology...

So it is understandable that nobody these days expects otherwise. You fit your new LightScribe drive and you expect it to work - Right...

If only...hahahaha

Well in all fairness it does... At least all the 'normal' DVD writer functions work. You can play CD/DVD's you can record audio, data, video etc (burning software permitting) but, and it's a big BUT...

You can not use the drive to burn LightScribe labels...

What is required is the addition of LightScribe System Software.

As we saw in the earlier LightScribe Drive article, a LightScribe drive has the addition of a special drive sensor. We need software (LightScribe System Software) to allow these electronics to 'talk to' your computer and in turn the LightScribe Labeling Software you will eventually use to burn your LightScribe labels.

Accompanying the installation of the LightScribe System Software is the LightScribe Control Panel. Here you can see at a glance an number of LightScribe 'critical' functions.

To access this go to:

Start - All Programs - LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling or use the LightScribe Control Panel icon:

The LightScribe Control Panel

LightScribe Control Panel


System Information Tab

The version of the LightScribe System Software you have installed - and a link to update it to the latest version.

The Status of your Lightscribe Drive.

LightScribe System Software Information

Here we can see the version of the LightScribe System Software I have installed (at the time of writing...) is and my LG LightScribe Drive is installed and available to use.

If in the future you change your drive or your operating system (Vista to Windows 7 for example) you will need to make sure you have the latest system software installed - To get that, just use the Download Update button.


Settings Tab

The Contrast Setting - Normal (default) Enhanced (better contrast but slower labeling time)

LightScribe System Software Settings



Improve LightScribe Contrast


There are four steps to getting darker LightScribe labels and this is just the first.


To see a full description of the complete process go to Darker LightScribe Labels to see all the necessary steps...


In the interim, this is the first step, make sure you have the contrast setting set to Enhanced as I have above.


Once you have installed the LightScribe system software and the tabs in the control panel look similar to the ones above you are now ready to go...


Well nearly....



So what's next...


Now you have your LightScribe drive and your LightScribe System Software, this at least ensures ALL your drives LightScribe functionality is available to you...But...


You now need a way to control it.


You now need some LightScribe Label Software.


The good news is that some is FREE the not so good new is how limited it is but don't worry, help is at hand...



Please read on...


Steve Nelson


Further recommended reading:


7 Steps to LightScribe Success


LightScribe Basics


LightScribe DVD Drive


LightScribe Labeling Software


LightScribe Media


Better LightScribe Contrast




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LightScribe Label Software




 LightScribe Software for All Windows XP to 11

Some  of our recent Customer Feedback...





I received the toolbox CD yesterday and Thursday night I burned the first label to a CD. 


Burning the label was easy, even for a novice like me.  Everything I needed was in the toolbox. 


I am excited about being able to burn directly to the disc!!  No more paper labels for me!!  


Thanks for such a priceless toolbox. 


Audrey Cato 

Texas - USA 


Dear Steve,

Great product and so easy to use. I got more for my money that I was expecting.

Felix Negron
Colt Refining Inc.
Merrimack - USA




As a photographer LightScribe is a marketing tool. Your product has just saved the day! 


Sharon Orienter

Rochester - USA




I got the software and it works great, I love it. I made 2 CD’s within the first 1/2 hr after installation.


I couldn't be more happy. 

Thanks for the great price too, nowadays money is tight, but 17 dollars for software that includes so much, and so easy to use is worth every penny. 


Thanks again. You can quote me if you want.


Janet Menchyk - USA

Dear Steve,  


Got your product. WOW works great and sooooo easy. Best 17 bucks I have spent in a long time.


It works so good I don't need Tec support so I am just sending this Email to say Hello and thanks.


Jim  Smith – USA


Hi Steve 


Thanks for helping me out. I now saved the link in my favourites as you had instructed, and have successfully loaded the software.


It is wonderful and easy to use, thanks for making it simple for the non-tekkie! 


Don Kiefiuk – USA 




Thank you for the professional site. It was a really great experience to see something so easy, direct and informative.


The “Big Guys” have missed the point on customer service. You really have hit the mark.


Tom Karl – USA


Hi Steve,


Thanks for the GREAT product. It's products like yours that make using my computer a lot more enjoyable!


I was burning my first LightScribe disc label about 20 minutes after I got home.


Thanks for the disc tip, the next time I buy disc, I'll be sure to get Verbatim.


Dennis Coleman – USA


Hi Steve


Like you I was expecting to simply use Nero 7 to print LightScribe Labels but oh no!


Now thanks to yourself and this superb software I am merrily printing away.


Many, many thanks and keep up the great work.


George Douglass - UK




Product is great; worked exactly as advertised.


Money well spent. I’ve been making labels all afternoon. Thanks.


Peter Macey – USA




I installed Vista, lost Light Scribe, and could not figure out how to get it back in, even after getting a firmware update for my cd/dvd drive.


Installing your stuff put the driver back in and now even my Nero software finds it.  Thanks a bunch!


Patrick Davis – USA




Thanks for the email. I have not had a chance to scour it all, but I was able to create a quick disk that looked awesome, so thanks for everything.


Your toolbox has everything anyone would ever dream of needing to make some awesome LightScribe labels, I just loved it.


I personally think its well worth the investment, 100 times over.


Pat Ferrell - USA


Hi Steve,


I purchased your software and a LiteOn  20x DVD RW Dual Layer Super  Drive.


Your software works just great and the LITEON drive burned a magnificent image right out of the box, first try! I couldn't be happier.

Thanks a million.


Charlie Scott - USA


Hi Steve


I have just scribed my 1st CD label - It's idiot proof.


If I managed to use it so can anyone! Thank you.


Belinda Chalk – UK




Very nice package! Exactly what I was looking for!


Edward Adams Jr.– USA


Hi Steve


I am delighted with your software.


I wish you a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year from us in South Africa.




Manfred Ahrensmeier – RSA



I just want to let you know that I received the CD.  I had no problem installing the software.

Thank you for the refund of the LS Download.

It's a pleasure doing business with you. I’ll pass the word around.

Thank You!

Hector Barrientos 

Abilene - USA



Your software works simply awesome!

I burned a pretty complex background and it was so simple.

I can't wait to get more elaborate with it!

I will recommend this to anyone I know with a lightscribe drive!

Chuck Hammond - USA