How to Save Streaming in Windows Media Player

By Rex A. Holiday, Ph.D.

Windows Media Player allows users to save a variety of media, including music, videos, recorded TV shows and movies to either Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center. Many forms of streaming media are available on the Internet for free, some require site registration and some allow limited access to media content without registration. A CD (for music) or DVD (for music and video) is required to save streaming media and to play it back without Internet access.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard Drive (minimum 40 GB)
  • Memory (RAM/SDRAM: minimum 1.7 GB)
  • Microsoft Windows 95 or later
  • Internet Access
  • CD or DVD

Getting Started

Step 1

Click on "Start," "All Programs" and "Windows Media Player."

Step 2

In the Windows Media Player window, click on the Media Guide.

Step 3

In the Media Guide drop-down box, choose an option. You can type search criteria into the search window, which is located below the Media Guide icon.

Step 4

Once you have selected your streaming media, select "Play" on the Web page where the streaming media is located.

Step 5

After the streaming media is playing, click on the Library option in the Windows Media Player, then click on the downward arrow. A list of options will appear in the drop-down box.

Step 6

Select the "Add to Library" option and click "OK" when the "Add to Library" window appears.

Step 7

When the "Add to Library by Searching Computer" download window is complete, click "Close." Your streaming media has been saved to your Windows Media Player Library file.

Burnng to Disk

Step 1

Click on the "Burn" option in Windows Media Player.

Step 2

Insert a writeable CD or DVD into your disk drive.

Step 3

Once your CD or DVD is loaded, click on the "Start Burn" icon on the lower-right side of the Windows Media Player window.

Step 4

Once your CD or DVD is ready, you will be prompted. You will now be able to retrieve and play the saved streaming media without being connected to the Internet.