The Easiest Way To Burn DVDs

Dear Elizabeth:

I just purchased a new Lenovo computer with windows 7 to replace my HP that had XP.

The old computer had 2 trays, and I knew how to burn on that computer using Roxio. With this computer it has only one (1) tray.

I’m confused because some tell me to use windows media player, other say use DVD maker, others say go to start, others say down load a free version of Roxio.

What do you think is the simplest way???

Please help I’m really confused.

Thanks, Vic

Dear Vic,

The simplest way to burn a CD or DVD is the way that you are familiar with.

I almost always use Roxio to burn CDs and DVDs. It is fairly easy to use, and for me at least, has a higher success rate than using just Windows.

Even though your new computer has only one optical drive, you will still be able to copy disks using Roxio. The program has the ability to copy from the source disk, then it will prompt you to replace it with a blank disk, and will burn the copy on the blank disk.

I didn’t find a free copy of Roxio on their website, but they do have a basic version for burning and copying for under $30.


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    • cindym
    • January 4, 2013

    I just purchased a new CPU in December which only had one tray. I use Roxio and the one tray is so simple compared to the 2 trays I used to use. The prompts with Roxio make this a snap to use and asks if you want to insert another CD or DVD. Once Vic tries this, he will love it.

    • DiggerP
    • January 5, 2013

    Unless your computer comes with a free version of Roxio,there’s no reason to spend any money for simple CD/DVD burning requirements.
    While Windows DVD burner is ok, a free program like
    ImgBurn has a much wider range of options,but is simple to use .
    It has an Ez-Mode (easy-mode 😉 Click on the first graphic to see the screen shots.
    It’s one of my favorite burning programs and my failure rate is next to none.

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