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

Want to create a recordable DVD of your videos, music, or data for safe backup or data transfer? You need to get a DVD burner to handle the burning on Windows 11. Do you know that Windows 11 has the Burn to Disc features built-in? If you don't have an idea, here we will show you 3 free DVD burning tools on Windows 11 to help you burn software, games, movies, and other types of media to DVD on Windows 11 PCs without costing a penny.

Get the Tools

To burn DVDs on Windows 11 PCs, you need the tools below:

1. A CD or DVD recorder drive. If your computer doesn't have a built-in drive, get an external DVD player.

2. A blank disc. Not all the DVD types can be used to burn data or video. You need to get a blank and recordable CD or DVD:

  • CD-R, DVD-R discs: this disc type allows data or music to be burned for a single time and cannot be erased.
  • CD-RW, DVD-RW discs: this disc type allows data or music to be burned and erased for many times.

3. DVD burning Software for Windows 11. Below are the best DVD burners on Windows 11 for different burning purposes:

Windows 11 DVD Burner

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Windows Media Player

Burn data, music, picture, and video to data CDs or DVD discs on Windows 11.

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File Explorer

Create disc backups of files, folders, and software installers on Windows 11.

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Free DVD Burner

Free burn any videos to a video DVD for playback on all standard DVD players.

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

Windows Media Player on Windows 11 offers the DVD burning feature. It 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 installed, 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 find and open Windows Media Player. If the Player is currently open and in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player to enter the Player Library.

Step 2. In the Player Library of the free Windows 11 DVD burner, click the Burn tab at the top right corner, select the Burn options button, and then choose Data CD or DVD if you want to burn videos, audio, 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. Insert a blank DVD into your DVD-ROM drive and close "Autoplay" if it appears. The drive will be recognized by the free Windows 11 DVD burner with the free disc space listed.

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. In the Burn list, you can drag the item and change the order, right-click on an item to delete it, and add multiple files until the disc is full.

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

Note: This free DVD burner for Windows 11 can only burn or copy music, video, and pictures onto blank, writable audio CDs, data CDs, and data DVDs. You need to know that a data DVD is usually used by computers and can't be played by most DVD players even if it is a video file. If you need to burn your videos to a DVD-Video disc with proper file structure and format for a DVD player, try another Windows 11 DVD burner in the list.

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. If you select to use your disc "Like a USB flash drive", then the disc will work as a USB and you can simply drag and drop all you files into it.

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

If you want to master a disc, choose "With a CD/DVD player". Then the 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 the Windows 11 DVD burner 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. The Windows 11 DVD burner allows you to choose a recording speed from 4x to 48x. A higher burning speed means less time it takes to finish the burning and greater chance of data loss or lower quality. 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 A Free DVD Burner

How to burn videos to a DVD in Windows 11 for playback on a DVD player? You can't rely on the CD/DVD burning features built in Windows. Try the third-party free DVD burning software for Windows 11 - WinX DVD Author.

It is a clean and 100% free DVD burner that can burn MP4, VOB, ISO, AVI, MOV, and videos in any format to a video DVD on Windows 11, 10, and lower. 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 your DVD burner.

Step 2. Download, install, and open the free Windows 11 DVD burner. Then 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 all the videos are loaded into the free DVD burner for Windows 11, you can arrange the file order by right clicking on a file and selecting "Move Up" or "Move Down". There are also 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 for backup, Windows 11's built-in DVD burning software File Explorer or Windows Media Player can handle the DVD burning tasks. But data DVDs are used for backup purposes and can't be opened by a standard DVD player. If you want to burn a professional-look movie DVD, you need to use the free Windows 11 DVD burner WinX DVD Author. Best of all, it is free to use with no limitations.

Well, above are the 3 methods to burn DVDs on Windows 11. If you like this tutorial, please 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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