HOW TO BURN DVD/CD WITH WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM:
Did you know that you can burn DVD/CD using Windows Operating System? Yes you can! Whether you're using Windows - XP, Vista or Windows 7, the functionality to burn DVD or CD is already included in the Operating System.
Not only can you burn all types of data for storage purposes, you can even burn pictures, audio/music and video that can be played on most of the current CD/DVD players without using any software! Double up your Operating System and start using it as a DVD/CD burning software. Tutorial follows.
Note: Burn DVD, Write DVD or Record DVD refers to the exact same thing.
Burning DVD/CD with Windows Operating Systems:
Tools you will need:
- CD/DVD burner for burning CD/DVD respectively.
- Blank CD/DVD discs.
- Windows XP is limited to burning CD only.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 can burn DVD as well as CD.
1.How to burn CD using Windows XP
(Applies to all Editions of XP):
To burn CD with XP you need a blank CD-R or CD-RW format disc. If the files you want to burn are in a CD or DVD, first copy it to your Computer's Hard Drive.
Prep your CD Recorder settings(Very Important):
Step 1: Go to My Computer and right click on your CD Recorder Drive and choose ‘Properties’.
Step 2: In the Properties window select the ‘Recording’ Tab. Image below.
Step 3: In the ‘Desktop CD Recording’ area, tick the ‘Enable CD recording on this drive’ checkbox. Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ buttons. See image below.
Burning the CD:
Step 1: Put a blank CD-R or CD-RW in the CD burner. It will open an empty CD Drive folder
- Go and open up the folder where the file is. Select and Right Click your mouse on a file or set of files and choose ‘Send to’ – ‘CD Drive(G:)’ (Tip: To select more than 1 file - click one file, then press ‘Ctrl’ key and pick the other files while keeping the ‘Ctrl’ key pressed down till you finish selecting. If the files are in sequence, click the first file, press ‘Shift’ key and then click the last file.)
- Copy the file/files using the file menu (the horizontal menus on the top of the window)– Click ‘Edit’ – ‘Copy’ or keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl C’. Then paste(‘Edit’ –‘ Paste’ or ‘Ctrl V’) them into the open CD Drive(G:) folder.
- Select the files, use the file menu – ‘Edit’ – ‘Copy to Folder...’ – Select CD Drive (G:) and click ‘Copy’.
If the files are in My Picture, My Music or My Videos, you can use ‘Copy to CD’ or ‘Copy all items to CD’ which is in the task area on the top left corner of the window.
Step 3: After you copied all the files you wanted, go to the CD Drive(G:) folder. If you are following from the start it should be already opened. If not, go to My Computer and double click on the CD Drive(G:). You should see the folder like the image below:
Step 4: Now you should go ahead and check if your copied files exceed the capacity of your blank CD (Normal blank CD’s capacity is 700 megabytes. High-capacity CDs hold up to 850 MB). To do this select all the files – you can use keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl’ A or ‘Edit’-Select All. Then go to file menu – ‘File’ and click on ‘Properties’. This will open up the ‘Properties’ window – See Image below. Make note of the 'Size' i.e. the total size of your files.
Step 5: Edit your files - If your files exceed the capacity of the CD, click on the file/files you want to unload and click the ‘Delete’ button. If you want to add more files go again and copy the files as in Step 2. Note: Leave a little room for the CD information area used by the programs e.g. if capacity is 700mb add up to 690mb of files.
Step 6: After you finish your editing, click on ‘Write these files to CD’ – you will find this in the ‘CD Writing Tasks’ which are on the top left corner of the CD Drive window. Now the ‘CD Writing Wizard’ window will pop up. First Window is for the CD name or title. Give the name & click next. The burning/writing process will start. When finished, it will give you the window ‘Completing the CD writing wizard’. Click ‘Finish’. Your CD is ready!
To burn DVD with Vista you need a blank DVD disc - any of the following format - DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, or DVD-RAM. To burn a CD you need a blank CD-R or CD-RW format disc. If the files you want to burn are in a CD or DVD, first copy it to your Computer's Hard Drive.
Prep your CD/DVD Recorder settings:
Step 1: Go to Computer and right click on your CD Recorder Drive and choose ‘Properties’.
Step 2: The Properties window appears. Select the ‘Recording’ Tab(see image below).
Step 3: In the ‘Desktop Disk Recording’ area, Choose your CD/DVD Recorder drive e.g. DVD RW Drive(H:). Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ buttons.
Burning the CD/DVD:
Step 1: Put a blank CD or DVD in the DVD burner. If your CD/DVD burner is set to Autoplay you will see a popup window like the Image below. If not go to step 3.
Step 2: Choose 'Burn files to disc using windows' by clicking on it and go to Step 4.
Step 3: Open Computer. Double Click on your CD/DVD burner drive e.g. CD-RW Drive (G:) or DVD-RW Drive (H:). A window like the above image in step 1 pops up. Choose 'Burn files to disc using windows' by clicking on it.
Step 4: A window like the image below pops up. Give a name for the title of the disc and don't click 'Next' just yet! Click 'Show formatting options' button.
Step 5: This will open up the formatting choice for the CD/DVD. There are two choices.
A.'Live File System'. If you choose this system, it will format the CD/DVD so that it can used more or less like USB/Pen Drive. Choose this format if:
- You are backing up data.
- You are using CD-RW or DVD-RW discs and will want to be able to delete,add or rewrite.
- You will be using the disc on Computers only and not on CD/DVD players.
B.'Mastered'. If you choose this, you will:
- Be able to play pictures, audio, video on CD/DVD players. Playable format depends on the CD/DVD players. The most common players available in the market today will play Pictures in JPEG format, Audio in MP3 and video in AVI formats(including DivX,Xvid encoding).
- Be able to erase entire disc and rewrite if using CD-RW or DVD-RW discs, but not be able to delete or add individual files.
Step 6: If you choose 'Mastered', go to step 7. If you choose 'Live File System' the disc will be formatted and a dialog box appears. Wait till the formatting finishes.
Step 7: An empty CD/DVD Drive folder will appear like this image below appears. Now copy all the files you want to burn into this folder. If needed, you can use the procedure in Step 2 of "How to burn CD using Windows XP" above.
Step 8: Now you should go ahead and check if your copied files exceed the capacity of your blank CD/DVD (Normal blank CD’s capacity is 700 MB & DVD is 4.7 GB. High-capacity CDs can hold up to 850 MB & DVD dual layer can hold 8.54-17.8 GB ). To do this select all the files – you can use keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl’ A or ‘Organize’-Select All. Then go to 'Organize' and Select ‘Properties’. This will open up the ‘Properties’ window – See Image below. Make note of the 'Size' whether its more or less than the disc's capacity.
Step 9: Edit your files - If your files exceed the capacity of the CD/DVD, click on the file/files you want to unload and click the ‘Delete’ button. If you want to add more files go again and copy the files as in Step 2 for XP. Note: Leave a little room for the CD/DVD information area used by the programs e.g. if capacity is 4.7 GB add up to 4.5 GB of files.
Step 10: After you finish your editing, click on ‘Burn to disc’ button. You will find this on the horizontal menu on the top of the window. Now in the 'Burn to disc' window under 'Disc Title', Change the 'Recording speed' or leave it as it is and click 'Next'. The burning/writing process will start. When finished, it will give you message "You have successfully written your files to the disc". Your CD/DVD is ready!
Follow the exact same procedure as for Burning with Windows Vista. The only difference is in the formatting choice in Step 2 of burning the CD/DVD. That too, the only difference is in the label. See image below.