How to Burn CD/DVD in Windows 10 | Without Third-Party App

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Optical storage devices like CD or DVD have been widely used since they were first introduced to the world in 1935. Still today they are widely used because of their reliability to store data in them. Once a file is burnt into the optical storage device (CD/DVD) it is there permanently and it becomes read-only.

The only way to remove those burned files is to destroy the storage device (CD/DVD). This reliability of the optical storage systems is one of the main reasons we still use them today although we have many advanced storage systems.

Today in this article we are going to explore this fascinating feature of the optical storage systems that kept them viable still today and learn how to burn files on CD and DVD on Windows 10 computers.

How to Burn CD/DVD in Windows 10


All you need to burn files on CD/DVD is a fully functional computer with a compatible CD/DVD drive running on Windows 10 and an empty (CD/DVD) disc.

Make sure you buy the right kind of disc. If it is a CD into which you are burning files, then you may not be able to use it as a DVD and if it is a DVD you are buying you may not use it as a CD. So, make sure what you are looking for and buy the right kind of empty disc as per your need.

How to Burn Media Files on CD/Dvd

Step 1: Open your computer disc tray and insert the empty disc in it and then push the disc tray back on your computer.

Open your computer disc tray

Step 2: You will get a pop-up notification as soon as you insert the empty disc into your computer. Click on it and then click Burn files to disc.

pop-up notification

If you do not get a pop-up notification asking you what you want to do with the disc then simply go to This PC. Then double click on the volume that shows CD/DVD RW drive. And you will get the pop-up dialogue box asking for disc name and types of usage.

Step 3: Insert the disc name in the name field at the top of the dialogue box that has appeared. The disc title can be up to 16 characters. Then select With a CD/DVD player from the bottom of the pop-up dialogue box.

With a CD/DVD player

Step 4: Now minimize the window and browse to the media files that you want to burn. Then select all of them. You can do it by pressing Ctrl + A from the keyboard. Then copy them by pressing Ctrl + C from the keyboard.

browse to the media files

Step 5: Now reopen the minimized window and paste the copied files into your disc. You can do it by pressing Ctrl + V from the pc keyboard.

paste the copied files

Step 6: You will see that the pasted files are not yet burned rather they are marked that they are ready to be burned. When you are ready to burn them go to the Manage tab from the drive tools at the top left side of the window.

go to the Manage

Step 7: Under the Manage tab you will see Finish burning with a red circular icon. Click on Finish burning.

Finish burning

Step 8: You will see another pop-up dialogue box. You can set the disc title from here if you want to edit it again and you can set the burning speed also. If you do not want to bother them just leave it as it is. The default settings are okay. Click Next from the bottom right side of the pop-up window. The burning process will start.

 Click Next from

Step 9: The burning process may take a few moments depending on the size of the files being burned. Once the burning is complete click Finish from the bottom right corner of the pop-up dialogue box.

click Finish

This will close the wizard and your disc is ready to use. You can burn music, photos, and videos on a CD/DVD using this method.

How to Burn Iso Files on a CD/Dvd

Iso files are a bit different from other media files. An iso image file is an exact copy of a CD or DVD. These types of files are mainly used for distributing software, games, and even other large media files. Like the media files iso files can also be burned to a CD/DVD, including those which you can download from the internet. Let us see how.

Step 1: Unlike media files burning iso files are a lot easier. That is why iso files are widely used to distribute large files. Insert an empty CD/DVD in your computer disc tray and close it.

Insert an empty CD/DVD

Step 2: If any pop-up notification appears, ignore it. If any pop-up windows appear, close it.

 any pop-up notification appears

Step 3: Browse to the iso file on your computer that you want to burn. Then select the iso file by clicking on it.

Browse to the iso file

Step 4: Once you have selected the iso file, click the Manage tab under Disc image tools from the upper left corner of the window.

click the Manage tab

Step 5: You will see two options in the ribbon under the Manage tab. Click on Burn from there and a dialogue box will appear.

Click on Burn

Step 6: If your computer has only one CD/DVD RW drive then you will see that it is selected as the burner automatically in the Disc burner option in the dialogue box.

But if your computer has multiple CD/DVD RW drives then select the CD/DVD RW drive that has the empty disc in it as the burner from the Disc burner option in the dialogue box.

Disc burner option

Step 7: Check the Verify disc after burning if you want to see if the burning process was completed properly. Please note that this will make the burning process a bit more time-consuming. So, if you are in a hurry then do not check this option.

Verify disc after burning

Step 8: Then click Burn from the bottom left corner of the dialogue box and wait for a while.

 click Burn

Step 9: After burning is completed the wizard will notify you and then hit Close to finish the process.

And your iso file has been successfully burned into the CD/DVD.


Hope you have got the whole picture of how to burn files on CD/DVD drive. Make sure to use the right kind of disc for the right purpose. Otherwise, you may not be able to use the burned files properly.

As you can see if you want any kind of files to a CD/DVD Windows 10 got you covered. You do not need any third-party software to do it.

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