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How to burn a CD or DVD with Windows

Windows does not need a separate program to burn a CD or DVD, because Windows Explorer itself has this capability. And that works with little effort. Windows alone is sufficient to create a data backup or to create a data carrier for sharing photos or other files.

How to burn a CD or DVD with Explorer

  1. Start Windows Explorer and go to a directory whose contents you want to burn.
  2. Select the files or directories you want.
  3. Select the tab at the top of the Explorer Share out.
  4. Click the button Burn to disk.
  5. If no empty data carrier has yet been inserted, Windows will now prompt you to do so.
  6. Then the Explorer asks for the desired name for the medium and the type of file system. If you're not sure, choose the second option here.
  7. Then a new Explorer window will appear, which will initially be empty.
  8. In the background, however, Windows copies the data it contains to a temporary directory so that it can be quickly accessed for burning.
  9. Once the copying process has been completed, you will see the future content of the data carrier in the Explorer window that has been added with the message Files to be written to the data carrier.
  10. You can now add additional directories or files using the button Burn to disk or simply add them to the data carrier using drag & drop.
  11. When you are done, right-click the burner drive icon and select Burn to disk out.
  12. Now a window appears that asks for the burning speed and then you can start burning.

This happens if you insert a disk beforehand

As soon as the drive has recognized a writable medium, a Windows message window appears which you can click on.

If you clicked on the message, a selection menu appears. This has different options depending on the type of disk inserted and the programs installed. Select the variant for burning files highlighted in the screenshot.

Then the window appears with the selection of the desired file system and finally the special Explorer window appears again. In this case, however, it is empty and waits for you to fill it with files or directories.

That causes the choice of the file system

The first method Like a USB storage device uses the UDF format. Its advantage is that you can write further data to the medium later. This means that a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM behaves like a USB storage device. However, a data area that has been used once cannot be rewritten, only the unused space. A real problem with UDF is that not all playback devices can handle it. So it is possible that you burn a CD with MP3 files for your car radio, but the radio does not recognize the silver disc.

The second option With a CD / DVD player on the other hand, uses a format that any device can read, but in which the data carrier cannot be changed after the burn process.

Already knew? Windows can also turn MP3 files into real audio CDs.