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Beginner Geek: How to Burn an Audio Disc in Windows 8


Windows 8 ships with most audio file types being associated with the Modern UI Music app, however there is no option to burn your music to disc. Here’s how to do it on Windows 8 without additional software.

How to Burn an Audio Disc

Although somewhat hidden, Windows 8 does still have Windows Media Player built-in. To find it, hit the Windows key and type windows media then press enter to launch it from the search results.


When it opens, switch over to the burn section.


Now open explorer and drag the tracks, that you want on the disc, onto the burn list.


Then click on the Start burn button.


When the burning is complete your drive will eject the disc, if you put it back in you will see it burned the disc in CDFS format which is compatible with all CD Players.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/6/12

Comments (4)

  1. jeepmanjr

    Nice tut Taylor. A lot of work to burn a cd though. Another item to add to the 7 vs 8 debate, but that’s another story. Personally, I don’t use either. I prefer VLC and Imgburn over WMP. I know this is about what ships with W8, but both are FREE and vastly superior to anything W8 offers. Classic Shell directly to my desktop where both shortcut icons reside nicely in the Task Bar. You probably should have mentioned that you could do the same thing with WMP so as to eliminate all those steps. It’s easy enough that even complete noobs can do it should they not want to download anything. Thanks for the write-up!

  2. DaFoo

    You seriously think that was A LOT of work?? You open a program, pick your files and press the burn button!
    Can’t you be honest?

  3. Keith


    I tried. I tried so hard. Really, I DID. But I just couldn’t get the second-wind needed to press the Burn button.

    : )

  4. Heather

    Ok, so I totally get how to burn a cd by your instructions here…..But, I am completely new to W8 and I downloaded a bunch of music to my music app through Xbox music and it didn’t copy to the media playlist! So, my question is how do I get the music to the media playlist so that I can burn it to a CD? Or do I even have to do that? I just want to put the music I downloaded onto a CD so I have it in the car!!!! Please help.

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