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How to burn a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc with Windows Media Player

Summary: Follow the steps below to burn a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc using Windows Media Player.

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All Dell computers running Windows have Windows Media Player installed. You can use Windows Media Player to burn or copy music, video, and pictures onto blank, writable CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs.

Using Windows Media Player to burn a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc

To burn a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc

  1. Open Windows Media Player by clicking Start, pointing to All Programs, and then clicking Windows Media Player.
  2. If you are using Windows Media Player to listen to music, click Switch to Library to start the burn process.
  3. Click the Burn tab, and then click the Burn options arrow to see more options.
  4. To burn music that can playback on most CD players, click Audio CD. This should be the default.
  5. To burn video or a large amount of music, click Data CD or DVD. This kind of disc may not play on all devices.
  6. Open the disc drive, insert a blank CD-R, data CD, or DVD, and close the drive. If the AutoPlay dialogue box opens, close it.
  7. If your computer has multiple drives, click the Burn Options menu, click More burn options, and then click the Devices tab to select the drive you want to use.
  8. If there is already media under the Burn tab, click Clear list to empty the current burn list.
  9. Drag the songs, albums, playlists, or videos that you want to burn from your media library to the list pane on the right side of Windows Media Player.
  10. To rearrange the order of your burn list, drag items up or down the list.
  11. To remove a song or video, right-click the item to open the Options menu, and then click Remove from list.
  12. Removing a song or video from the burn list doesn't delete it from your computer permanently.
  13. To burn the media, click Start Burn. This may take a few minutes. Don't open the disc drive until the burn process for that disc is complete.
To learn more about burning discs with Windows Media Player, visit Microsoft Support.

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10 Mar 2021



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