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How to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7

How to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7
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Burn a CD or DVD without using CD/DVD burning software

If you want to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7, there’s no need to download and install CD/DVD burning software. These programs are used to copy files to a writable disc. In Windows 7, you can burn a disc by using the Windows Explorer. Windows 7 burns discs in two formats – Live File System and Mastered. You should select an appropriate disc format depending on your needs.

Which file format to choose to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7?

Live File System format:

This format should be used to burn files to a disc which you intend to use in a computer with Windows XP or later versions of the operating system. An advantage of using the Live File system format is that you can add or delete one file or multiple files again and again to the disc. This is similar to the way you can add or delete files on a USB flash drive.

Mastered format:

Discs burned in the Mastered format can be used even in computers with Windows versions earlier than Windows XP. This format is ideal for burning music or pictures. Mastered discs can be used in regular CD, DVD, or Blu‑ray Disc players.

So, depending on your needs, select a suitable format to burn a CD or DVD by following the steps given below.

Steps to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7

  • Insert a writable disc, such as a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW disc, into the CD/DVD drive of your computer.
  • When the ‘AutoPlay’ dialog box is displayed, click the option ‘Burn files to disc using Windows Explorer’.
  • If the ‘AutoPlay’ dialog box is not displayed, click the ‘Start’ button, click ‘Computer’, and then double-click the icon of the CD/DVD disc drive.
  • In the ‘Burn a Disc’ dialog box, enter a name for the disc in the ‘Disc title’ box.
  • To burn the disc in the Live File System format: Click the ‘Like a USB flash drive’ option and then click ‘Next’.
  • To burn the disc in the Mastered format: Click the ‘With a CD/DVD player’ option and then click ‘Next’.
  • The computer may take several minutes to format the disc. After this, an empty disc folder will open.
  • Now open the folder that contains the files you want to burn.
  • Drag the files into the empty disc folder. To select more than one file, press and hold the ‘Ctrl’ key, and then click the files you want to burn.
  • If you are using the Live File System format, as you drag files into the disc folder, they are automatically copied to the disc.
  • In case you are using the Mastered format, click the ‘Burn to disc’ option on the toolbar, and follow the steps in the wizard. The selected files will be copied to the disc.

By following these steps, you will be able to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7 without using CD/DVD burning software.

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