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How to Burn DVD on Windows 11 for Free: 3 Methods

External HDD and SSD have become popular storage options because they provide users with large capacity data storage space, fast reading speed and easy accessibility. However, sometimes we may still need to burn our files to DVD – an old-school storage device but still advantageous in some situations. After upgrading to new Windows 11, some users might not know how to burn a DVD on Windows 11. So, that's why we write this article. Here we're going to lay out 3 ways to burn software, games, movies, and other types of media to DVD on Windows 11 without costing a penny.

Method 1. Burn DVD on Windows 11 with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player can burn audio CDs, data CDs as well as data DVDs. A data DVD has about 4.7 GB capacity and can store music, pictures, and videos. It can be played on PCs and some DVD players that support the file types you import to the DVD disc.

Windows Media Player is included with Windows operating system. If it is missing on your Windows 11 system, you can install it manually. Once done, just follow the steps below to burn a data DVD on Windows 11 using Windows Media Player.

Step 1. Type wmp into the search bar to quickly find and open Windows Media Player.

Step 2. Click the Burn tab at the top right corner of Windows Media Player, select the Burn options button, and then choose Data CD or DVD if you want to burn videos, audios or images to a DVD.

DVD Burning on Windows 11 with Windows Media Player
Burn DVD on Windows 11 with Windows Media Player

Step 3. Put a blank DVD into your DVD burner and next select the drive letter that corresponds with the DVD burner you placed the DVD in.

Step 4. Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn to DVD, and drag and drop them to the Burn list of Windows Media Player. Change the file order if necessary.

Step 5. After you have added all target files and put them in desired order, simply click Start burn to begin burning DVD on Windows 11.

Method 2. Burn DVD on Windows 11 Using File Explorer

You can perform DVD burning on Windows 11 without third-party DVD burner as you can do it with File Explorer. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Insert a blank DVD disc into DVD drive.

Step 2. Open the file folder which cover all the files you want to burn to DVD.

Step 3. Select the files or folder you want to burn, click on the right mouse button, and choose Send to -> DVD drive option.

Send files to DVD disc
Send files to DVD drive

Step 4. When Burn a Disc window pops up, you should enter a disc title and choose how you want Windows to use this disc, like a USB flash drive or with a CD/DVD player. You can read the detailed explanation below each option to decide which method is more suitable for you.

Burn a disc on Windows 11
Burn a disc on Windows 11

Here, we choose "With a CD/DVD player" as an example. After we select this method and click Next, a File Explorer window appears with a header labeled "Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc".

Step 5. Drag and drop the all files you want to burn to DVD below "Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc".

Drag files to write to disc
Drag files to write to disc

Step 6. Click Drive Tools in the toolbar menu and click Finish Burning.

Finish burning on Windows 11
Finish burning

Step 7. At the pop-up Burn to Disc window, enter disc title and select recording speed. Then, click Next, and it will begin burning DVD on Windows 11.

Burn to disc
Burn to disc

Method 3. Burn DVD on Windows 11 with Third-party DVD Burner

If you cannot burn a DVD in Windows 11 with the built-in CD/DVD burning features, you can use third-party DVD burning software. A great tool to consider is WinX DVD Author. It is a clean and 100% free DVD burner that can burn videos in any format to a video DVD on Windows 11, Windows 10, and lower Windows operating systems. And it allows users to create titles, menus, add subtitles, and do more settings to create a professional-look DVD. Now, let's download and install it on our computer and follow the steps below to burn a DVD on Windows 11.

Step 1. Put a blank DVD into DVD burner.

Step 2. Fire up WinX DVD Author and choose Video DVD Author.

Best free DVD burner for Windows 11 - WinX DVD Author
Best free DVD burner for Windows 11 - WinX DVD Author

Step 3. Click + button to browse and add the videos you want to burn to DVD.

Once loaded, you can arrange the files in desired order by right clicking on a file and selecting "Move Up" or "Move Down". On this window, you can also find options to trim video by setting start time and end time, choose aspect ratio 16:9 or 4:3, set subtitle, add external subtitle, and more.

Add videos to burn to DVD
Add videos to burn to DVD

Step 4. Click >> to move to the next step. If you have Create DVD Menu option checked, then you will be directed to DVD menu creating panel. Once done, click >> to move on.

Create DVD menu
Create DVD menu

Step 5. On the DVD BUILDER panel, make sure the blank DVD is detected, choose output folder, output format NTSC or PAL, and encoder engine. At last, click the Start button to begin burning DVD on Windows 11.

Start burning DVD on Windows 11
Start burning DVD on Windows 11

Conclusion

If you just want to burn a data DVD and don't need more advanced features, simply try the built-in DVD burning feature in File Explorer or Windows Media Player. If you want to burn a professional-look movie DVD, WinX DVD Author should be a better choice. Best of all, it is free to use with no limitations.

Well, above are the 3 methods to burn DVD on Windows 11. If you like this tutorial, why not share it with your friends?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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