How to Record My Own CD Using My Laptop

Updated April 17, 2017

By recording your own CDs, you can showcase your band's music, store audio that you've downloaded or simply create a portable music library that you can play anywhere you find a CD player. Your computer will need a CD burner, but the software needed to burn your audio is free. Windows Media Player, which comes with all versions of Windows, will organise your songs into play lists and record them to CD.

Click the Windows "Start" menu and type "Windows Media Player." It will appear in the list of search results. Press "Enter" to open the program.

Press "CTRL+N." This will open the play list panel on the right of the screen. You will see the play list name at the top of the panel and a space below the panel where you will drag songs to build the play list.

Resize the Windows Media Player application so that it takes up half of your monitor. Move the application to the right side of the monitor.

Open Windows Explorer and minimise it so that it fits on the left side of the screen.

Navigate to the folder in Windows Explorer that has the songs that you want to record to CD. Double-click the folder to open it.

Drag a song from the folder to the play list panel in Windows Media Player. The name of the song file will appear in the play list.

Continue to drag audio files to the play list until you have loaded the play list with every song that you want to record to CD. When you finish, you will see the song names in the play list.

Right-click the play list name and select "Rename Playlist." Give the play list a meaningful name.

Click "Save" at the bottom of the play list panel to save the play list.

Click the drop-down arrow next to the play list name and select "Sort." This menu contains sorting options such as Title, Release Date and File Name. Select one of these options if you want to sort the files in the play list.

Place a blank CD-R or CD-RW CD in your CD drive. Click "Burn" at the top of Windows Media Player and select "Burn Playlist" from the drop-down list.

Click "Start Burn" at the bottom of the play list panel. The software will record the songs in the play list to CD.


Use a CD-RW disc if you plan on adding additional audio files to the CD later. You can record on CD-RW discs multiple times but only once on a CD-R CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with CD-R or CD-RW burner
  • Blank CD-R or CD-RW CD
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