Change settings for burning a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player

There are a number of settings you can customize to make burning in Windows Media Player work better for you.

Watch this video to learn how to change settings for burning a CD or DVD (0:57)

To change settings for burning a CD or DVD

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click the Burn tab.

  3. Click the Burn options button Picture of the Options button, and then click More burn options.
  4. Make one or more of the following changes:

    • Burn speed. It isn't usually necessary to adjust the burn speed unless you are having problems burning; in that case, reducing the burn speed might correct the problem. This setting applies to all burners that you use with your computer.

    • Automatically eject the disc after burning. Select this check box if you want CDs to be ejected automatically after they're burned.

    • Apply volume leveling across tracks. If you're burning songs originally recorded at different volume levels, select this check box to minimize the volume differences between the songs on audio CDs that you burn. This helps avoid having to adjust the volume as you play the CD.

    • Burn CD without gaps. Select this check box if you don't want two-second gaps between each song on audio CDs that you burn.

    • Add a list of all burned files to the disc in this format. When burning a data disc, the Player creates a playlist that lists the files being burned and then includes the playlist on the disc. If your playback device supports playlists, the items will play back in the order in which they appeared in your burn list. By default, the playlist is saved with a .wpl extension. If you want to play your data discs in a device that doesn't support this extension, you can use the .m3u extension instead.

    • Use media information to arrange files in folders on the disc. Select this option if you want to organize files burned to data CDs or DVDs into the following folders: Music\Artist\Album, TV, Video, and Picture. If media information, such as album and album artist attributes, is missing from the files, then the files will be stored in folders titled Unknown Artist\Unknown Album. To prevent this, make sure the files contain album and album artist information before burning. For more information about media information, see Add or edit media information in Windows Media Player.


    • In this version of the Player, you can't convert files to a smaller size before burning them onto a data CD or DVD.

    • If your CD or DVD burner doesn’t support gapless burning, a firmware update, if available, might solve the problem. Contact the computer or drive manufacturer for more information.

For more information about burning, see Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player.


  • 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.

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