Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center

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.

To burn a recorded TV show or other video files 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 choose to burn recorded TV shows or other video files that appear in your media library in Windows Media Center. By doing this, you can burn recorded TV shows and other video files to a DVD that you can play in a DVD player or on your computer. When you burn video files or recorded TV shows to a DVD, the video files are converted so that they can appear and play in a standard DVD player. Because the video files may need to be converted, burning 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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In the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

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



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

You can choose to archive digital media files, such as music, pictures, and video, to a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center. This lets you burn the selected digital media files to a CD or DVD to play back on another computer. When burning this type of disc, called a data DVD or data CD, the files are not converted to another file format before they are burned to the DVD. Therefore, the files that you choose to burn are simply copied to the CD or DVD in their original format that the computer recognizes. This lets you archive or back up digital media files in the same format as the files are stored as on your computer.

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

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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.

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

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Using the keyboard, enter 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.

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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 file, and then click Next.

7.

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

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

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

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In the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

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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 choose to burn music files that are stored on your computer to a recordable CD as an audio CD. Audio CDs can be played 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. When you burn an audio CD, the music files are converted to an audio format that a CD player can recognize and play back.

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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.

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

4.

Using the keyboard, enter 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.

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

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

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At the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

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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 display while the music plays (if you choose to add music to your slide show). You and others can then play the DVD by inserting it into a DVD drive on your computer or into a standard DVD player that is connected to your TV.When you play the slide show later in a DVD player, the pictures will display at 7 second intervals in the order you added them to the DVD. At the same time that the pictures display, music will play in the order it was added to the DVD.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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At the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes.

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


Note Windows Media Center allows you to easily rip, burn, store and organize your personal music, videos, pictures and recorded TV programs. Please respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not copy or otherwise use copyrighted materials without authorization. Examples of materials that may be copyrighted include documentation, graphics, lyrics, photographs, clipart, animations, movie and video clips, as well as sound and music (including when MP3 encoded).
Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials may violate U.S. and international copyright laws and subject you to significant civil and/or criminal penalties. Copying or sharing unauthorized materials also violates the Terms of Use, an agreement that you accepted when you installed Windows Vista.

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