How to Burn a DVD on a Computer to Play on a Commercial DVD Player


Windows Media Center can record and play live TV and keep track of media files stored on a computer or network drive. Users can burn videos or recorded TV to a DVD. DVDs created in Windows Media Center will work in regular, commercial DVD players. Before you can burn a DVD in Media Center, you must add your video library to the application, if you haven't done so previously.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank DVD
  • Click "Start," "All Programs," and then "Windows Media Center." Insert a blank DVD.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the menu and click "Tasks." Click "Settings," then click "Media Libraries."

  • Click "Movies" or "Recorded TV." Click "Next." Click "Add folders to the library." Click "Next."

  • Choose a location where the video files or TV shows are stored. Click "Next."

  • Click "+" to expand a folder. Click the box next to a folder to add it to the Windows Media Center library. Click "Next."

  • Click "Yes, use these locations," and then click "Finish." Click the back button to return to the main menu.

  • Click "Burn CD/DVD." Click "Video DVD," then click "Next." Enter a label for the DVD, and then click "Next."

  • Click "Video Library" or "Recorded TV," depending on which files you want to burn to DVD. Click "Next." Put a check in the box next to the video you want to add to the DVD.

  • Click "Add More" to add extra videos or TV shows to the DVD. Click "Burn DVD," then click "Yes," to burn the files.

  • Click "Done." Remove the DVD from the computer and insert it in a commercial DVD player to begin viewing the contents.


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