Copy Digital Photos to CDs or DVDs in Windows 8

Your photos will be backed up automatically after you set up the Windows 8 File History backup program. But if you just want to copy some photos to a CD or DVD, perhaps to share with others, stick around.

Head to the computer or office-supply store and pick up a stack of blank CDs or DVDs. Most newer computers can handle any type of blank CD or DVD except for Blu-ray discs.

Then follow these steps to copy files in your Pictures library to a blank CD or DVD:

  1. Open your Pictures library from the desktop, select your desired photos, click the Share tab from the Ribbon along the top, and click the Burn to Disc icon.

    Select the photos and folders you want to copy by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking their icons. Or, to select them all, hold down Ctrl and press the letter A. When you click the Burn to Disc icon, Windows 8 asks you to insert a blank disc into your drive.

  2. Insert a blank CD or DVD into your writable disc drive’s tray and push the tray shut.

    If you’re copying a lot of files, insert a DVD into your DVD burner because DVDs can store five times as much information as a CD. If you’re giving away a few photos to a friend, insert a blank CD instead because blank CDs cost less.

  3. Decide how you want to use the disc.

    Windows offers two options for creating the disc:

    • Like a USB Flash Drive: Select this option when you intend for other computers to read the disc. Windows 8 treats the disc much like a folder, letting you copy additional photos to the disc later. It’s a good choice when you’re backing up only a few pictures because you can add more to the disc later.

    • With a CD/DVD Player: Select this option to create discs that play on CD and DVD players attached to TVs. After you write to the disc, it’s sealed off so you can’t write to it again.

  4. Type a short title for your backup disc and click Next.

    Type something short but descriptive. When you click Next, Windows 8 begins backing up all of that folder’s photos to the disc.

  5. Click the Burn or Burn to Disc button again, if necessary.

    If you selected With a CD/DVD Player in Step 3, click Burn to Disc to start copying your photos to the disc.

    If you didn’t select any photos or folders in Step 1, Windows 8 opens an empty window showing the newly inserted disc’s contents: nothing. Drag and drop the photos you want to burn into that window.

Don’t have enough space on the CD or DVD to hold all your files? Unfortunately, Windows 8 isn’t smart enough to tell you when to insert the second disc. Instead, it whines about not having enough room and doesn’t burn any discs. Try burning fewer files, adding more until you fill up the disc.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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