How to write CDs in Windows XP? - Information Technology Services

How to write CDs using Windows XP?

Prerequisites: This method applies to the Windows XP operating system only.

Note: If you use Direct CD it is highly recommended you either
1) test initial CDs made with WinXP to make sure you are not using Direct CD,
2) uninstall Direct CD or
3) consult with a ITS support staff member.

Note: Windows XP CD writing writes multisession CDs and doesn't close the CD.
Insert CDR or CDRW into drive. A window may come up similar to this

Choose "Take no action" and Click Ok.
Method 1: Drag and drop

Simply drag files you want to write to the CD drive

Method 2: Right click any file that you want to write to CD.
Choose "Take no action" and Click Ok.

Method 1: Drag and drop

Simply drag files you want to write to the CD drive

Method 2: Right click any file that you want to write to CD.


Select "Send To" and choose the CD Writer drive letter. Note: Do NOT choose the DirectCD drive option if you are using this method.

You should see a balloon appear like this:

If you want to review the files now, you can click on the balloon. Otherwise at anytime you can open the CD drive by going to My Computer.

Notice the "Files Ready to Be Written to the CD" are slightly transparent (not to be confused with Windows hidden files). You may delete the "files ready to be written" ONLY FROM THE CD DRIVE WINDOW if decide you don't want to write them. This will not affect the original files. When you are ready to write your files to CD simply Click "Write these files to CD" on the left sidebar

If you are using a CDRW disc an option is to erase the CDRW is on the left sidebar. This will erase ALL "Files Currently on the CD."

The CD Writing Wizard will appear.

The default CD name is the current date. Enter any name but exclude special characters (/, \. >, <, *, @, etc.) and try to keep the name brief.

Click Next when you are ready to start writing. Don't run any concurrent programs while the the wizard is writing. The wizard will complete and your files will be on the CD.

Troubleshooting CD Writing in WinXP

Q:  How do I stop the CD drive from automatically ejecting my disc after writing.
A: Go to "My Computer." Right click on the CD writer drive. Select "properties." Click on the "Recording" tab and uncheck "Automatically eject CD after writing."

Q: I keep getting an error when I try to write files to the CD.

A1: Try quitting any open programs you have running. If the problem persists reboot the PC and try again.

A2: If you're using a previously used CD it may be closed. Try another CD you know isn't closed.

A3: Make sure the total size of your files doesn't exceed the maximum CD capacity. Most CDs have a max of 650 MB.

A4: You may be having a buffer underrun error (when the CD Writer isn't getting a constant stream of data). Go to "My Computer," right click on the CD writer drive, select "properties," and click on the "recording" tab. Change the speed from "fastest" to a lower one.

Q: How do I create a music CD (playable on a CD player) with Win XP?
A: Although you can burn any data file onto a CD, in order to play music CDs on a standard CD player, the CD must be closed. Since Win XP doesn't close CDs, you cannot make standard music CDs this way. Use another CD Writing program like Roxio or Nero to accomplish this.

Q: I want to delete some files off of my CDRW disc, how can I do this?
Although you can reuse CDRW discs you have to erase the whole disc to rewrite on it. This means you cannot just select certain files to delete on the CDRW and not others. They all have to go.

You can however "replace" a file with the same name on both a CDR and CDRW disc but this doesn't actually reclaim any disc space.


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