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.
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.
If the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, click 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.
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.