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How to Copy a CD in Windows Vista

by Kristen Waters
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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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Create a new folder anywhere on your computer.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 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.

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Choose the "Rip" tab.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

Choose the "Burn an Audio CD" tab.

Step 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.

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

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