Burn CDs with Windows

Using Roxio is not the only way to burn CDs on your University computer: you can also burn CDs using Windows. Follow these instructions to burn files to a CD using Windows programming.

  1. Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recorder.
  2. Go to [Start] > Navigate to the files you would like to copy to the CD (e.g., My Documents).
  3. Click to highlight the files you would like to copy to the CD. To select more than one file, hold down the keyboard [Ctrl] key while you click each file.
  4. When you have highlighted all of the files, click "Copy this file" "Copy this folder" or "Copy the selected items" under "File and Folder Tasks.


    If the files are located in My Picture, under Picture Tasks, click "Copy to CD" or "Copy all items to CD" and then skip to step 5.

  5. Go to [Start] > Click "My Computer."
  6. In "My Computer," double-click the CD recording drive. Windows displays a temporary area where the files are held before they are copied to the CD. Verify that the files and folders that you intend to copy to the CD appear under "Files Ready to be Written to the CD."
  7. Under "CD Writing Tasks," click "Write these files to CD." Windows displays the CD Writing Wizard. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

Things to consider:

  • Do not copy more files to the CD than it will hold. Standard CDs hold up to 650 megabytes (MB). High-capacity CDs hold up to 850 MB.
  • Be sure that you have enough disk space on your hard disk to store the temporary files that are created during the CD writing process. For a standard CD, Windows reserves up to 700 MB of the available free space. For a high-capacity CD, Windows reserves up to 1 gigabyte (GB) of the available free space.
  • After you copy files or folders to the CD, view the CD to confirm that the files have been copied.

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