How to Burn a CD for Free Online

By Jared Newman

One of the great perks of the Internet is the amount of free software available online. CDBurnerXP, for example, is a free alternative to commercial CD-burning software. With it, you can burn CDs without buying expensive software.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with built-in or external CD-R drive
  • Internet connection
  • Blank CD

Install CDBurnerXP

Step 1

Point your Web browser to the CDBurnerXP website (see Resources below).

Step 2

Click the "Download Now!" button and save the file to your desktop or to another easily accessible location.

Step 3

Run the program called "cdbxp_setup_4.2.2.984.exe" (the numbers at the end may be different depending on the current version).

Step 4

Install the ".Net Framework" if necessary. If the software says that you need to download the ".Net Framework," click "Yes" when prompted and proceed to the next section in this guide. Otherwise, skip to Section 3.

Install the .Net Framework

Step 1

Click the link that says "Get the .Net Framework 3.5" in the Web browser window that opens after clicking "Yes" in the section above.

Step 2

Click the "Download" link on the following page, and choose to save the file when prompted on the following screen.

Step 3

Run the setup program called "dotnetfx35setup.exe." Accept the agreement and install the software.

Step 4

When you are finished, open "cdbxp_setup_4.2.2.984.exe" again. Install the software.

Burn a Disc

Step 1

Open CDBurner XP and select the type of CD (audio, data, copy) you'd like to burn. Insert your blank disc if you haven't already done so.

Step 2

Drag music or files into the lower box on the screen.

Step 3

Click "Disc" from the top menu and select "Burn Disc" when you are ready to burn a CD.

Tips & Warnings

  • With data CDs, you can either finalize the session or leave the disc open for future changes. With music CDs, the default "Track at Once" option adds a second of silence between each track. Advanced options let you make each track run continuously into the next.

References & Resources