How to Burn a CD or DVD in Windows 10

Burn a CD or DVD in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you step by step how to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 10 in two different ways without using third-party CD/DVD burning software.

You can use the Windows 10 built-in CD/DVD burning feature or Windows Media Player to burn movies, videos, music, photos, documents and other data to a CD or DVD.

With Windows Media Player you can also burn MP3, WMA or WAV files to an Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.

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Burning a CD or DVD in Windows 10 using:


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Windows 10 Default Built-in CD/DVD Burning Function

Microsoft Windows 10 has just like the previous versions of Windows a built-in disc burning feature that allows you to burn all kinds of files and folders to a CD or DVD without using third party CD/DVD burning software.

A few examples of supported file types are:

Notes:

If you want to burn video files to DVD using the built-in disc burning feature, then you should know that this DVD will only play on computers and DVD players that support the video formats you burn to DVD.

Related: How to Burn Video Files to a DVD that Will Play on Any DVD Player

If you want to burn MP3 files to CD using the built-in disc burning feature, then you should know that this CD will only play on computers and CD players, DVD players and car stereos that support the MP3 audio format.

If you want the CD to play on any player, then you will have to use Windows Media Player to burn the MP3 files to an audio CD.

Related: How to Burn MP3 Files to a Audio CD that will Play on Any CD Player

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a media player for playing videos and music and also for viewing photos on PCs running Microsoft Windows.

And:

Windows Media Player can also be used for burning videos, music and photos to a CD or DVD.

Burning a CD or DVD in Windows 10

This method works for all file types like audio (music), videos (movies), images (photos), documents, and other file types.

Tips for burning an MP3 CD:

Note: The CD or DVD you will burn using the built-in disc burning feature of Windows 10 can only be played on computers and on CD/DVD players that support the file types/formats you burn onto your disc – except when you burn VIDEO_TS files and folders to DVD, because then it will create a Video DVD that will play on any DVD player. However, most modern CD and DVD players support various file formats.

1. Insert a blank (empty) CD or DVD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

3. Go to the location on your computer where the files/folders are stored you want to burn to a CD or DVD.

4. Select all the files/folders.

5. Right-click on the selected files/folders, go to "Send to" and then choose your CD/DVD burner drive (e.g. DVD RW Drive (D:) or CD RW Drive (E:) ).

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Note: if you want to burn VIDEO_TS to DVD, then copy the complete VIDEO_TS folder to the CD/DVD burner drive.

A small "Burn a Disc" window will appear.

6. At "Disc title" you enter a name for your disc.

7. Select "With a CD/DVD player".

8. Click on "Next".

Your files/folders will now be copied to the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC and when it's done copying, it will open the CD/DVD burner drive in a new window.

If it doesn't open the drive in a new window, then open File Explorer and click on the drive in the left-sidebar.

9. When you're done copying files/folders to your CD/DVD burner drive, you click on "Drive Tools".

10. Click on "Finish burning".

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Windows 10 will now burn your CD or DVD.

Burning a CD or DVD in Windows 10 using Windows Media Player

This tutorial will show you how to burn video(s), MP3 and WMA audio files and pictures to a Data CD or DVD.

And:

This tutorial will also show you how to burn MP3, WMA and WAV files to a Audio CD that will play on any CD player and car stereo.

Tip: If you want to burn MP3, WMA or WAV to a CD, then use a CD-R not a CD-RW, because not all CD players or car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly.

Note: If you burn files to a Data CD or DVD, then that disc will only play on computers and CD or DVD players that support the file types you burn to your CD or DVD. Most modern CD and DVD players support various file formats.

1. Insert a blank (empty) CD or DVD into the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open Windows Media Player.

Two ways to open Windows Media Player in Windows 10:

3. Click on the "Burn" tab at the top right (between the "Play" and "Sync" tab).

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4. Click on the "Burn options" icon and choose one of the following options:

windows media player burn options

5. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

6. Go to the location on your computer where the files are stored you want to burn to a CD or DVD.

7. Make sure that File Explorer and Windows Media Player are both visible and standing next to each other.

8. Drag your video(s), songs or photos from File Explorer into the burn list in Windows Media Player.

drag files from file explorer into the burn list in windows media player

Note: The total time or file size (MB or GB) can not exceed the capacity of your CD (usually 74 or 80 minutes or 650 MB or 700 MB) or DVD (usually 4.3 GB).

Tip: You can view the time in minutes or file size in MB or GB you have left on your CD or DVD at "..:.. free of .. mins" (e.g. 79:57 free of 80 mins) or ... GB free of ... GB (e.g. 4.3 GB free of 4.3 GB) located just above the "Burn list".

9. If you want you can arrange the videos, songs or photos in the order you want them to appear on your disc.

10. When you're ready you click on "Start Burn" located above the "Burn list".

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Windows Media Player will now burn your CD or DVD.

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