How do I use Windows XP's CD burning feature?

A. XP has built-in, easy-to-use, CD-Recordable (CD-R) disc burning support for most CD writers. Before you use the feature, you should check your CD burning options:

  1. Start Windows Explorer (Win + E).
  2. Right-click your CD-R drive and select Properties.
  3. Select the Recording tab (if this tab isn't available, your device doesn't support CD burning).
  4. You can then set the following options:
    • Whether to enable CD recording
    • The drive to hold the staging files (before the system burns a CD-R disc, the system writes the files to be recorded to an intermediary area known as the staging area—this area must have enough free space to hold an entire CD's content)
    • The CD recording speed (Fastest, 4X, 2X, and 1X)
    • Whether to eject the media after recording

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  6. Set your options and click OK.

Then, to use the CD burning feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Insert a blank CD-R disc into your CD burner (you don't need the blank CD-R disc until step 4, but it's a good idea to insert it when you begin).
  2. Drag the appropriate files/folders to the CD-R drive, or select the files/folders and from the context menu, select Send To, Writable CD.
  3. After you copy all the files, select the CD-R drive and you'll see the waiting files as "Files to add to the CD."
  4. Right-click the CD-R drive, and select Write to CD (if this option isn't available, you don't have a blank CD-R disc in the drive).
  5. Enter a name for the CD-R disc, and click Next.
  6. The system will write the files to the CD-R disc.
  7. After the system writes all the files, it will eject the CD-R disc (if you chose that option above).
  8. Click Finish.
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