One final note here - I resolved most of my issues with this. However, a new issue has cropped up.
I created a folder to save the converted files to so I could then simply burn the entire folder or at least select from it instead of having to peruse my entire library - which is quite extensive. I've been replacing CD's lost over the years as well as adding new ones to the collection and have burnt them all in lossless format to one of my hard drives. Currently, there are over 500 albums taking up 400gigs of space on the 1TB drive reserved for music.
The problem is this: Windows automatically saved all of the converted files to the library which gave me extensive copies of quite a lot of albums/songlists. I had to go in and manually remove them all so they didn't futz up default playlists and so they didn't get played accidentally through my home theater (I think mp3's sound like shit - yes, I grew up on lossless audio, tyvm).
Is there a way to prevent the shortcut links to be automatically written to media player's library?
I did find a workaround - a program that converts before burning - it just takes longer. However, I'd like to know if there's a way to prevent the write shortcut routine just to know. Since I'm old and senile - I'll probably forget in a couple weeks anyway but my unending thirst for knowledge drives me to ask this question just the same.