1) Close all other open programs (such as Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer).

2) Double-click on the Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator icon on the “desktop.”

3) Click on Copy files to disc.

4) If you are using a DVD+R or DVD-R disk, click on the small Down Arrow button next to whatever is in the Disc Size window in the bottom center of the window, then click on DVD   4.7 GB  for normal DVD disks or  DVD   8.5 GB for Dual-Layer DVD disks. Otherwise, if you are using a CD-R disk, leave it on 80 min (703 MB).

5) Click on the files or folders you want to copy to the CD/DVD, then click on the Add button. (The Add button is a small Down Arrow  ¤  in the middle of the window.) This will move the files or folders you selected down to the window in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Use the Up One Level button (which has a picture of a folder with an arrow that points to the left, then up) to move up in the hierarchy of folders (such as the My Documents folder and its sub-folders, like the My Pictures sub-folder) if necessary.

Note: You can copy up to about 700 Megabytes of data on a CD and up to 8,500 Megabytes (or 8.5 Gigabytes) on a Dual-Layer DVD disk. The computer will warn you if you exceed this limit. (Watch the Project Size progress bar under the lower window.) If you go over the limit, you can click on any extra folders or files and then click on the Remove [X]  button, which is next to the Add button, to remove those files and folders from the list of folders that will be backed up to the CD or DVD. Be sure to remember or write down the names of the files and folders you remove from the list of files/folders being backed up, so that you can back them up to a second CD or DVD disk.

6) If the computer tells you that a file has a name that is too long (i.e., more than 125 characters), click on the Change button to change the name to a shorter one, or click on the Change All button to change every file name that’s too long. (This will not change the actual file name of the file, only the file name of the copy on the CD/DVD.)

7) If you see the warning: “a folder being added has a file or attribute type that cannot be added to your project,” click to put a check mark next to:  üDo not warn me again, then click on the OK button.

8) Click on the Burn button at the far right. (It looks like a CD with a flame on it.)

9) Click on Burn.

10) Wait a few minutes for the CD/DVD burning process to complete. Click on OK when the Roxio program tells you that it has successfully created the CD or DVD.

11) Click on No if the Roxio program asks if you want to save the “project” unless you plan on making another copy of the exact same files and/or folders in the future.

12) Click on Close if the Roxio program asks if you want to start the Label Creator program to create a label for the CD/DVD, unless you have the blank CD labels and want to do so.

Tip: It’s easier to use a Sharpie® felt-tip pen to write directly on the upper surface of the CD/DVD.

13) Close the Roxio program.

14) To test the CD or DVD, eject it and then re-insert it into the DVD-ROM or DVD±RW Drive, then double-click on the My Computer icon on the Desktop, then double-click on the D: Drive or E: Drive icon (whichever is your DVD-ROM or DVD±RW Drive). You should see the files and/or folders that you backed up on the right-hand side of the window.

Note: A DVD±RW Drive make both CDs and DVDs.

A DVD-ROM Drive can play both CDs and DVDs. (If a DVD-ROM Drive is also a CD-RW Drive, you can make CDs on it as well.)