How to burn CDs in Windows XP without burning software

CD burningYou can burn CDs without buying expensive software. Windows XP has basic CD burning support. Everything you need is Windows Explorer. You can drag and drop files on CD/DVD burner’s icon; you can create folders and delete files. When you finish, you just click “Write these files to CD”. But first you need to enable Windows XP built-in burning support.

Enabling Windows XP built-in burning support:

1. Double click “My Computer” icon on your desktop

2. Find your CD/DVD burner icon and right click on it

3. Select “Properties” from popup menu

4. Click on “Recording” tab

Drive recording properties

5. Check “Enable CD recording on this drive”

6. Select hard drive that will be used for temporary files

7. Select burning speed

8. If you want, check “Automatically eject CD after writing”

Burning CDs in Windows XP:

1. Double click “My Computer” icon on your desktop

2. Find your CD/DVD burner icon and double click on it

3. Drive window will open

Drive recording window

4. Start Windows Explorer

5. Drag files that you want to burn to CD/DVD drive window

Dragging files

6. Repeat step 5 until you drag all files you want

7. Click “Write these files to CD” in CD/DVD drive window. “CD Writing Wizard” will appear.

Click

8. Enter the name for your CD and Click Next

CD writing wizard

9. Files are written to CD

Writting to disc

10. When writing is finished, you can burn another copy, or click “Finish”

Burning finished

40 thoughts on “How to burn CDs in Windows XP without burning software”

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  2. looks good except when I right click on the CD Drive it doesn\\\’t give me the recording tab option….. now what?

  3. I have done everything you suggested and everything works smoothly until I get the Writing Wizard window.
    The Writing Wizard asks me to insert a disk.
    When I do so, it keeps on saying \’There is no disk in the drive. Insert a writable disk\’…even if I have inserted a writable disk.
    Can you help in suggesting how I \’repair\’ this and can proceed with cd burning.
    Many thanks.
    Kenneth

  4. @kenneth:
    I had this problem, too. After removing a program called SonicDLA (freeware software which came with my DVD burner), everything was ok.

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