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Determine Whether Your Computer Can Burn CDs and DVDs

Before writing to a CD or DVD, you must determine whether your computer can burn CDs and DVDs. To determine whether your computer can burn CDs and DVDs, look for the letters RW in the drive icon’s name.

Most computers today can write information to a CD and DVD using an approach known as burning. To see whether you’re stuck with an older drive that can’t burn the discs, remove any discs from inside the drive; then open you’re my Computer folder and look at the icon for your CD or DVD drive. You want to see the letters RW in the drive icon’s name.

If the drive says DVD/CD-RW, it can play and write to CDs and play but not write to DVDs.

If your drive says DVD-RW Drive, you’ve hit the jackpot: Your drive can both read and write to CDs and DVDs.

Vista is the first version of Windows that knows how to write to DVDs, something Windows XP couldn’t do without the help of a third-party program.

If your PC has two CD or DVD burners, tell Vista which drive you want to handle the burning chore: Right-click the drive, choose Properties, and click the Recording tab. Then choose your favorite drive in the top box.

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