#350 Burn baby burn! (CDs & DVDs that is)

If your computer has a CD or DVD burner, you can copy files to a writable disc. This process is called burning a disc.

Burning a disc like this is useful for storing, archiving, and sharing files among different computers.

Picture of a Play button Watch a video: Video: Burning a CD (4:14)

If you want to create other types of discs, such as a DVD-Video disc (to play in a regular DVD player) or an audio CD (to play in a regular CD player), you’ll need to use a different program or feature of Windows.

How to burn a disc:

1. Insert a writable disc, such as a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW disc, into your computer’s CD, DVD, or Blu‑ray Disc burner.

2. In the AutoPlay dialog box that appears, click Burn files to disc using Windows Explorer.
If the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Computer, and then double-click your disc burner.

3. In the Burn a Disc dialog box, type a name for this disc in the Disc title box, click Like a USB flash drive, and then click Next.

4. Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn, and then drag the files into the empty disc folder. As you drag files into the disc folder, they are copied automatically to the disc.  You can copy files (or entire folders) to the disc folder by dragging them to the disc icon or to an open disc folder.
5. After copying the files and folders, you might need to close the disc session. For more information, see Close or finalize a CD or DVD.


Instead of dragging and dropping files as described in the procedure above, you can select the files you want to burn in Windows Explorer, right-click one of the selected files, point to Send to, and then click your disc burner drive.

Want to learn more about burning different types of discs? Check out these Disc Burning Tips.

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