Recently, I was looking online for some free software to burn some CDs and DVDs at home, but then I realized that Windows already has a burning software built into Explorer. Actually there for many years, but so inconspicuous that I tend to forget it completely.
Windows also offers you an interesting option when burning CDs and DVDs called Live File Systems, which basically make your CD or DVD look like a USB flash drive, which means you can edit, add and delete files on the disc. just like you do on a flash drive.
In this article, I will show you how to burn a data disc using just Windows. Read my other post if you want to learn how to burn playable audio CDs or DVDs.
Burn CD / DVD in Windows
To get started, insert a CD or DVD into your Windows PC and you should see a dialog in the Notification Center or as an AutoPlay window.
If no dialog box appears, simply open Windows Explorer and double click on the CD / DVD drive icon. Another window will appear asking you how you want to use this disc.
Give your disc a title and choose if you want it to function as a USB flash drive or as a burned disc. The disadvantage of using the flash drive option is that you can use the disk only on computers with Windows XP and later versions. Obviously, if you are burning this disc to another device, such as a CD or DVD player, you should choose the second option.
Next, you will get an empty Explorer window where you can start dragging and dropping the files you want to burn to the disc. The best thing to do here is to open another Explorer window with the files you want to burn.
After copying all the files you want to burn, click Manage in Drive Tools and you will see an option called Burning end . In Windows 7, you will see an option Burn to disc .
The burning wizard will appear and here you can choose the recording speed. By default, it should be set automatically to the maximum speed supported by the unit.
Once burning is complete, you should get a success message and the option to burn another disc.
This all! a very simple and straightforward process to burn a CD or DVD in Windows and you no longer have to worry about finding and installing third party software just to burn some discs. To enjoy!