You can burn many different types of CDs and DVDs in Windows Media Center. This lets you decide what type of DVD or CD you want to create, based on how and what you want to use to play the content after it is burned to a disc.

The following image shows burn cd/dvd selected in Tasks.

Picture of the burn cd/dvd option selected
The burn cd/dvd option is selected

For information about burning DVDs and CDs in Windows Media Center, including the types of discs you can burn, see Burn a CD or DVD: frequently asked questions.

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To burn a recorded TV show or other video file to DVD

If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.

You can burn recorded TV shows or other video files that appear in your media library in Windows Media Center to a DVD that you can play in a DVD player or on your computer. When you burn video files to a DVD, the files are converted so that you can play them in a standard DVD player. Burning a TV show to a DVD can take a longer amount of time—the time it takes to burn a TV show to a DVD depends on different factors: the length of the added video files, your computer system resources, and the speed of your DVD burner.

  1. Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable DVD into your DVD burner.

  2. Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center, or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.

  3. On the Select Disc Format screen, click Video DVD, and then click Next.

  4. Using the keyboard, type a name for your DVD, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Media screen, click Recorded TV or Video Library, and then click Next.

  6. Click the TV show or video that you want to add to your disc, so that a check mark appears on the selected TV show or video file, and then click Next.

  7. If you want to add more video files to the disc, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More.

  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until you have added the recorded TV shows and videos to the disc that you want to burn.

  9. After you have added all the video files that you want to burn, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn DVD.

  10. In the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

  11. After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done.

To burn music, pictures, and videos to a data CD or DVD

You can archive digital media files, such as music, pictures, and videos, to a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center to play back on another computer. When burning this type of disc, called a data DVD or data CD, the digital media files are not converted to another file format before they are burned to the DVD—they are simply copied to the CD or DVD in their original format.

  1. Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable CD or DVD into your CD or DVD burner.

  2. Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.

  3. Depending on the type of recordable disc that you insert into the burner, on the Select Disc Format screen, click either Data CD or Data DVD, and then click Next.

  4. Using the keyboard, type a name for your DVD or CD, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Media screen, click the first type of digital media file that you want to add to the CD or DVD, and then click Next.

  6. Click the TV show, other videos, music, or pictures that you want to add to your disc so that a check mark appears on the selected digital media files, and then click Next.

  7. If you want to add more files to the disc, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More.

  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until you have added all the digital media files to the disc that you want to burn.

  9. After you have added all the files that you want to burn, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn DVD or Burn CD.

  10. In the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

  11. After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done.

To burn an audio CD to play on your CD player

You can burn music files stored on your computer to a recordable CD as an audio CD. You can play audio CDs in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and CD-RW discs. You can burn an audio CD from various types of digital audio files including Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, or WAV file formats.

  1. Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable CD into your CD or DVD burner.

  2. Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center, or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.

  3. On the Select Disc Format screen, click Audio CD, and then click Next.

  4. Using the keyboard, type a name for your CD, and then click Next.

  5. On the Choose Music screen, click the album, genre of music, songs, playlist, or songs by a particular artist that you want to burn as an audio CD, and then click Next.

  6. If you want to add more music files to the disc, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have added all the digital audio files to the disc that you want to burn.

  8. After you have added all the audio files that you want to burn, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn CD.

  9. At the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

  10. After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done.

To create a DVD slide show with music

You can create a DVD slide show with (or without) music and burn it to a recordable DVD. The DVD slide show contains pictures that appear while the music plays (if you choose to add music to your slide show). You and other people can then play the DVD on your computer or your TV.

When you play the slide show later in a DVD player, the pictures appear at seven-second intervals in the order that you added them to the DVD. At the same time that the pictures appear, music plays in the order that it was added to the DVD.

  1. Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable CD or DVD into your CD or DVD burner.

  2. Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center, or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd.

  3. On the Select Disc Format screen, click DVD Slide Show, and then click Next.

  4. Using the keyboard, type a name for your DVD slide show, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Media screen, click Music Library, and then click Next.

  6. On the Choose Music screen, click the album, genre of music, songs, playlist, or songs by a particular artist that you want to include in your DVD slide show, and then click Next.

  7. On the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More.

  8. On the Select Media screen, click Picture Library, and then click Next.

  9. On the Choose Pictures screen, click the folder that contains the pictures that you want to include in your slide show, click each picture that you want to include in the slide show, and then click Next.

  10. After you have added all the pictures and music to the slide show, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn DVD.

  11. At the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

  12. After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done.

Note

  • Unauthorized use and/or duplication of copyrighted material may be a violation of copyright law in the United States and/or other countries/regions. Copyrighted material includes, but is not limited to, software, documentation, graphics, lyrics, photographs, clipart, animations, movie and video clips, as well as sound and music (including when MP3 encoded). Violation of U.S. and international copyright laws may subject you to significant civil and/or criminal penalties.