What to Do When Windows Media Player Won't Burn a CD

Solve Audio CD Burning Problems in WMP by Creating Discs at a Slower Speed

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Microsoft's jukebox software program, Windows Media Player 11, is a popular application for many users who want a central place to organize and listen to a digital music library. As well as using it for ripping audio CDs to MP3 files, you can also do the reverse -- i.e. create audio CDs from various digital audio formats stored on your hard drive so you can listen to music on just about any stereo system that sports a built-in CD player.

Most of the time creating audio CDs in WMP 11 goes without a hitch, but sometimes things can go wrong resulting in CDs that just don't seem to work. The good news is that by changing the speed that discs are written to, you could solve this problem in a flash. The quality of blank CDs can vary enormously and this is one of the most common reasons why burned audio CDs can suffer from music drop outs or failed burn sessions. To find out how to change the burn speed of Windows Media Player 11, follow these quick and easy steps below.

Tweaking Windows Media Player 11 Burn Settings

  1. Run Windows Media Player 11 as normal. If not already in the Library View mode, you can quickly switch to this screen via the keyboard by holding down the [CTRL] key and pressing 1.
  2. Click the Tools menu tab at the top of the screen and then select the Options... menu item. Sometimes this menu bar will be switched off in Windows Media Player and so you won't be able to access the Tools menu. To use your keyboard to switch the menu bar back on, simply hold down the ​[CTRL] key and press [M].
  1. On the Options screen, click the Burn menu tab. In the General section of the Burn settings screen, use the drop-down menu to choose a burn speed. If you are having problems burning audio CDs, it is recommended that you choose the Slow option from the list. Finally, click Apply and then OK to exit the settings screen.

    Verifying New Burn Speed Setting

    1. To test whether this fix has solved your audio CD burning problems, insert a blank recordable disc into your computer's DVD/CD burner drive.
    2. Click the Burn menu tab (near the top of the screen) to switch to the disc burning mode. Ensure the type of disc to be burned is set at Audio CD -- this is usually the default setting. If you need to change it from data CD to audio CD, click on the small down-arrow icon (found underneath the burn tab) and choose audio CD from the menu list.
    3. Add the songs, playlists, etc., you tried to unsuccessfully burn before. If you're a beginner and want to make sure you did this correctly the first time, then be sure to read our tutorial on How to Burn an Audio CD With WMP to find out more.
    4. Click the Start Burn button to begin writing your compilation as an audio CD.
    5. When Windows Media Player 11 has finished creating the disc, eject it (if not already automatically ejected) from the drive and then reinsert it to test.
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