CD Burner XP, ImgBurn and Windows Media Player are popular free CD-DVD burning software programs. Whereas CD Burner XP and ImgBurn are third-party programs that require separate installations, Windows Media Players comes bundled with Windows operating systems. Alternatively, the file explorer in Windows and Finder in Mac OS X can burn disks.
Windows Media Player is capable of burning media CDs and DVDs. To use the feature, click the Switch to Library button on the upper right and then select the Burn tab. After making a list of the items to burn to the disk by dragging media files into the list panel, click Start Burn to burn the disk.
Windows versions 7 and up can also write CDs and DVDs through the file explorer. When an empty recordable disk is inserted into the disk driver, Windows detects it and displays a dialog box. Click the Burn Files to Disk Using Windows Explorer option to burn disks. Follow the instructions in the dialog box to complete the process.
Alternatively, a Mac OS user can burn CDs and DVDs by using the Finder application. After inserting an empty disk, double-click the disk icon on the desktop. Then, drag and drop files into the Finder window. Choose the Burn option under the File menu to burn the dragged files onto the disk.