Burn files onto a CD with Windows XP

May 27, 2020
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Burning data files to a CD with Windows XP only requires three steps: insert the blank CD, copy files from your computer to the CD, and start the writing process.

I am wondering how I can burn some files to a CD? I have Windows XP.

Believe it or not, burning data files to a CD with Windows XP only requires three steps. Ready for it?

  1. Put a blank CD-R or CD-RW in your CD drive
  2. Copy files from your computer, to the CD.
  3. Write the files to the CD.

That’s all there is too it! Allow us to go a little more in-depth for you, just to make sure you get it right.

Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your CD drive

This step does not require any explanation – at least we hope not. Get yourself a blank CD-R or CD-RW, eject your CD drive and put the disc in. Close the drive and move on.

Copy files from your computer, to the CD.

You can copy files from your computer, to the CD in one of two ways: drag & drop, or “Send To…”.

Drag & Drop is pretty self-explanatory: find the file that you want to burn, click on it’s icon, and drag it to the CD drive’s icon in My Computer while holding down the left mouse button.

“Send To…” can be accomplished from the context menu, accessed via right-click. Click the right mouse button on the file that you want on your CD. In the menu that appears, move your mouse over “Send To…”. A new menu will slide out — in this new menu, click on the CD drive’s icon.

Write the files to the CD

If you browse to My Computer and double-click on your writeable CD drive, you’ll see icons for all the files that are going to be burned to your blank disc. Don’t be alarmed that the icons are faded out — that’s normal. The faded icons indicate that the files are not actually on the CD yet, but they will be there once you complete the burn.

Look at the column along the left-hand side of the window that you’re looking at, and locate the link called “Write files to CD”. Click on this link and Windows will begin the burn process. After a few minutes, all of the files that you selected will be burned on the CD, and you’ll be able to eject the disc and use it in any other computer.

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