< Windows XP>

Note: We are using D: Drive here to represent your CD-RW Drive. Your computer could have a different drive letter, such as E: or M:  instead. Please make the appropriate changes to these instructions as needed.

1) Close all open programs and files, if possible.

2) Insert a CD-R disk into the CD-RW Drive with the shiny-side down and the label-side up. 

3) Wait a few moments for the Windows XP “What would you like to do?” window to pop up on the screen with the following options:

Open writable folder using Windows Explorer

Play CD with Windows Media Player

Open files with Windows Explorer

Take no action


4) Click on Open writable folder using Windows Explorer.

Note: If the Windows XP “What would you like to do?” window doesn’t pop up on the screen, then double-click on the My Documents folder.

5) Click on the Folders button at the top of the window.

6) Scroll down and click on the Plus sign [+] next to the My Computer icon. This will expose the  D: Drive or the E: Drive (whichever is your CD-RW Drive; we will use D: Drive in these instructions).

7) Scroll up to the My Documents folder and click & drag  (with the left mouse button held down) the My Documents folder to the  D: Drive icon below. (If you cannot see the  D: Drive icon, click on the tiny Plus sign [+] next to the My Computer icon on the left.)

Note: You may have to open the My Documents folder, then click on Edit, then on Select All first, then click & drag the files to the D: Drive icon; clicking & dragging the My Documents folder icon may not always work.

8) Click on the  D: Drive icon, then click on File, then on Write these files to CD.

9) Click on Next > .

10) Wait a few minutes for the files to be “burned” to the CD.

11)  Click on Finish

12) Eject the CD and write the file names and the date on the label-side of the CD with a Sharpie® felt-tip pen.



1) To view the files on the CD, insert the CD back into the tray and gently push the tray back in.

2) Double-click on the  D: Drive icon if the D: Drive window doesn’t automatically come up on the screen. You should see the file(s) you  just backed up on the right.