How to 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 any special CD/DVD burning software.
You can use the Windows 10 built-in disc burning feature to burn your videos, music, pictures and other data to a CD or DVD.
You can also use Windows Media Player to burn your videos (movies), music and photos to a disc.
With Windows Media Player you can also burn MP3, WMA or WAV files to a Audio CD that will play on any CD player or car stereo.
Burning a CD or DVD in Windows 10 using:
- Windows 10 built-in disc burning feature to burn videos, video_ts, audio (MP3 and WMA), photos and documents to a disc (files and folders).
- Windows Media Player to burn videos, audio (MP3 and WMA) and photos to a disc and also to burn audio (MP3, WMA and WAV) to a Audio CD that will play on any CD player and car stereo.
Windows 10 Default Built-in CD/DVD Burning Function
Microsoft Windows 10 has like the previous versions of Windows a built-in disc burning function that lets you burn all kinds of files to a CD or DVD without using any third party CD/DVD burning software.
With this function you can burn files to disc, like:
- Music / Audio (MP3, WMA and WAV)
- Movies / Videos (AVI, MP4, MPEG-4, DIVX, WMV, FLV, VIDEO_TS, etc...)
- Images / Pictures (JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc...)
- Data / Documents (PDF, TXT, DOC, DOCX, ODT, XLS, etc...)
Note: if you want to burn video files like avi, mp4, wmv, etc... to DVD, then you must know that this disc will only play on computers and DVD players that support these video formats. If you want to burn your video files to a DVD that can be played on any DVD player, then you will have to convert the video files to Video DVD format first.
Note: if you want to burn MP3 files to a CD, then you must know that this disc will only play on computers, CD players, DVD players and car stereos that support the MP3 audio format. If you want to burn your MP3 files to a CD that can be played on a computer and every CD player, DVD player and car stereo, then you will have to use Windows Media Player to burn your MP3 files to a Audio CD (works also for WMA and WAV files).
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is a media player for playing video files, audio files and viewing pictures on PCs running Microsoft Windows.
Windows Media Player can also be used for ripping (copying) music from a CD and burning videos (e.g. MP4, MKV and AVI), music (MP3, WMA and WAV) and pictures 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 (pictures), documents, and other file types.
Tips for burning an MP3 CD:
- If you want to have a organized MP3 CD then you should create folders on your computer and copy the MP3 files into these folders before you start the burning process.
- It's recommended to burn your music to a CD-R instead of a CD-RW (rewritable), because not all CD players can play rewritable CDs properly.
- Place all MP3 files or folders in one folder and make sure that the total file size of that folder does not exceed the capacity of your CD (usually 650 MB or 700 MB). To view the file size of a folder, right-click on the folder and choose "Properties".
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 writer drive of your PC.
2. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and go to the location on your computer where the files and/or folders are stored that you want to burn to a CD or DVD.
3. Select all the files and/or folders.
Two methods for selecting multiple files or folders at once:
- Left-click on the first (top) file or folder, then press on the CTRL + A keys of your keyboard.
- Left-click on the first (top) file or folder, press and hold the "Shift" key and then click on the last file or folder.
4. Right-click on the selected files and/or folders, go to "Send to" and then choose your CD/DVD writer ( could be something like DVD RW Drive (D:) or CD RW Drive (E:) ).
Note: if you want to burn VIDEO_TS to DVD, then send the complete VIDEO_TS folder to your CD/DVD-burner.
5. Now a small window will appear and here you can enter a title for your disc at "Disc title".
6. Select "With a CD/DVD player" and click on "Next".
Now the files and/or folders will be copied to your CD/DVD writer and it will open in a new window. If it doesn't open in a new window, then you can find it in "This PC" or in the left-sidebar of "File Explorer".
7. When you're finished copying files and/or folders to your CD/DVD writer, then click on "Drive Tools" (located at the top) and choose "Finish burning".
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.
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:
- Click on the start menu button, click on "Windows Accessories" and then click on Windows Media Player.
- Type wmp into the Windows search bar and click on Windows Media Player when it appears.
3. Click on the "Burn" tab located at the top right – between the "Play" and "Sync" tab.
4. Click on the "Burn options" icon and choose one of the following options:
- Data CD or DVD: if you want to burn video file(s) (e.g. MP4, MKV and AVI), audio files (e.g. MP3 and WMA) or pictures to a CD or DVD. Note: this disc will only play on computers and on CD and DVD players that support these video, audio or image file formats.
- Audio CD: if you want to burn MP3, WMA or WAV files to a CD that can be played on any CD player and car stereo.
5. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and go to the location on your computer where the files are that you want to burn to CD or DVD.
6. Make sure that File Explorer and Windows Media Player are both visible and standing next to each other.
7. Drag your video(s), songs or pictures 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".
8. If you want you can arrange the videos, songs or photos in the order you want them to appear on your disc.
9. When you're done adding and arranging files, you click on "Start Burn" located above the "Burn list".
Windows Media Player will now burn your CD or DVD.
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