How to Burn Files to DVD With Windows Explorer

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Many people do not know that Windows XP comes with basic CD- or DVD-burning software. The software does not offer many options, but for creating a backup of data files or other types of files, it will suffice as a simple solution.

Step 1

Click on "Start" in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop screen. Then select "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Windows Explorer."

Step 2

Open the DVD burner tray and insert a blank DVD or CD. Close the tray.

Step 3

Navigate to the hard drive that has the files to be burned. Click on the files or folder to be burned, and drag to the DVD burner drive icon in Windows Explorer.

Step 4

Select "File," then "Write these files to CD." Ensure that all the files that need to be written to the CD or DVD are on the list in the temporary files area that can be found in Windows. The CD writing wizard will open; follow the instructions in the wizard.

Remove the CD or DVD when finished and apply label. Close drive tray.


  • Check that the total size of the files to be written will not be larger than the amount of space available on the blank CD or DVD. Most blank CDs can hold approximately 700 MB, while a blank DVD can hold 4.7 GB of files.

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