How to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 10 (step-by-step)

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

You can use the Windows 10 built-in CD/DVD burning feature in File Explorer 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 feature

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 in File Explorer, 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 any video file to a playable DVD

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

If you want to burn MP3 files to an Audio CD that will play on every CD player and car stereo, 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 an 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.

You can also use Windows Media Player to burn 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 CD/DVD burning feature in File Explorer can only play on computers and 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).

Windows 10 File Explorer

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

4. Select all files or folders.

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

Send files to CD/DVD burner drive in File Explorer in Windows 10

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

A “Burn a Disc” window will appear.

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

7. Select the With a CD/DVD player option.

8. Click on the Next button.

Windows 10 Burn a Disc window

Windows will now send your files or folders to the CD/DVD burner drive of your PC.

When Windows is done copying your files or folders to your CD/DVD burner drive, it will open the CD/DVD burner drive in a new window.

Note: If it doesn't open the CD/DVD burner drive in a new window, then you can find it under This PC located in the left sidebar of File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

9. Click on Drive Tools located in the top menu of File Explorer.

Windows 10 Drive Tools

10. Click on Finish burning.

Windows 10 Drive Tools Finish burning

A “Burn to Disc” window will appear.

11. At Disc title, you can change or enter a title for your CD or DVD.

12. At Recording speed, you can select a burning speed. The maximum speed you can select depends on the capacity of the CD/DVD burner of your PC and the capacity of the CD or DVD.

13. Click on the Next button.

Windows 10 Burn to Disc window

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 an 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, CD players, and 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 located in the top right corner of Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player Burn tab

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 the File Explorer window and Windows Media Player are both visible and located next to each other.

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

Drag files from File Explorer to Windows Media Player Burn list

Note: The total file size (MB or GB) cannot exceed the capacity of your CD or DVD (usually 650 MB or 700 MB for CDs and 4.7 GB for DVDs).

Tip: You can view the time in minutes or file size in MB or GB you have left on your CD or DVD at _ MB free of _ MB (e.g., 450 MB free of 702 MB) or _ GB free of _ GB located just above the Burn list.

Windows Media Player file size left on disc

9. You can also 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.

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

Windows Media Player will now burn your CD or DVD.


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