Create a CD using Windows XP

Note: This document assumes that your files are stored on your UWSP network storage space (myFiles). If working from home, begin with number 5 below.

Tip: Use a CD-RW (rewritable) - for your own personal use, as you may wish to erase and recreate your CD. Use a CD-R (non-rewritable and less expensive) - for CDs that should not be erased, for example, for distributing a portfolio of your work to potential employers.

Though infrequent, there may also be compatibility issues between CD reading/writing program
  1. Click the Start button (lower-left corner of your computer screen).
  2. Select My Computer.
  3. Double-click "MyFiles.uwsp.edu/yourusername". (your Student Network Storage Space)
  4. Double-click to open your inetpub or Private folder.
  5. Locate the files you would like to burn to CD. Copy and paste, or drag your files onto your computer desktop. Important: Your files should be local, that is, on your computer hard drive. You can delete the files you copied to your desktop once your CD is written.
  6. Insert your CD-RW into the CD Writer. A pop-up box will open (shown below).
  7. If your CD is empty, the text, Blank CD, will display.
  8. Select Open writable CD folder and click OK.

  9. A CD Writing Tasks panel will open (shown below).
  10. Copy and paste, or drag your files into the Files ready to Be Written to the CD window.
    What if the CD Drive box does not open? If the CD Drive box does not open when you insert your CD, at the lower-left of your screen right-click Start, and select Explore. In the left side of the Start menu screen, double-click your CD drive to open. In the CD Drive window that opens, Copy and paste or drag the files located on your desktop to the right side of the open CD window
  11. Click Write these files to CD at the left of the screen. Important: If you do not see Write these files to CD at the left, click File on the Menu bar and select Write these files to CD.


  12. Copy and paste, or drag your SOE folder to this window
  13. Click Write these files to CD
  14. The CD Writing Wizard opens (shown below).
  15. In the CD Name box, type in a name for your CD (optional)
  16. Click Next

  17. The CD Wizard will begin copying your files to the CD (shown below)

    -- Be patient during the writing process --
    Note: If you are prompted with a Confirm Stream Loss box to copy extra information, place a check next to, Repeat my answer each time this occurs, and click Yes.


  18. When CD Writing has completed, (you will see a Completing the CD Writing Wizard message), click Finish.


Congratulations, you've finished burning a CD