How to Copy a CD in Windows Vista

by Kristen Waters

It is possible to copy either a data CD or an audio CD to another CD using Windows Vista without having to install any third-party software, by copying the material onto your computer and then transferring it to a new CD. A data CD contains data files such as documents and images. A data CD can also hold MP3 or WMA audio files, but it can normally only be read by a computer. An audio CD is a CD that can be played on any CD player.

Data CD

1

Place the original data CD in the computer's CD-ROM drive.

2

Click on the "Start" menu and click on the "Computer" tab to open it.

3

Double click on the "CD" icon to open the CD folder.

4

Create a new folder anywhere on your computer.

5

Drag the files and folders from the original CD folder into the newly created folder on the desktop.

6

Close the original CD folder and remove the CD from the CD-ROM drive.

7

Place a blank, recordable CD in your computer's CD burner.

8

Click the "Burn files to data disc" option on the "Burn a Disc" window that appears. Choose a name for the disc next to "Disc Title:" and click "Next." Windows will format the disc.

9

Drag the files and folders from the new folder created in step 4 into the empty CD folder that appears. They will be automatically burned to the disc.

Audio CD

1

Place the audio CD in the computer's CD-ROM drive.

2

Click on the the "Start" menu then click on "All Programs." Open the "Windows Media Player" program.

3

Choose the "Rip" tab.

4

Place a check mark next to all the songs in the list that you want to copy.

5

Click the "Rip" button at the top of the screen.

6

Remove the audio CD from the computer's CD-ROM drive when the copying is finished.

7

Place a blank, recordable CD in the computer's CD burner.

8

Choose the "Burn an Audio CD" tab.

9

Click on "Library" then "Recently Added" in the left pane of the window that appears. Select the songs that were copied in step 5 and drag them to the "Burn List" pane on the right.

10

Click the "Start Burn" button. The files will be copied to the new disc.

About the Author

Kristen Waters has been writing for the computer industry since 2004. She has written training materials for both large and small computer companies as well as how-to and informative articles for many online publications. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

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