Windows Media Center is one of the features in Windows 7 that you can use to burn DVDs. WMC uses the Windows DVD Maker engine to burn the DVDs and CDs, but does it from within the Media Center interface. Don’t expect anything too sophisticated, but you can use it to burn a DVD with your Media Center remote.
There are many ways to copy DVDs and many different programs out there to help with copying DVDs. Since you are using Windows 7 and Windows 7 comes with DVD burning software, I’ll show you how to use the software that comes with Windows 7.The steps you took to copy the dvd should have worked. Once you copied all the files to the desktop, put in a blank DVD. If an AutoPlay box opens up with options, you can select “Burn files to disk using windows explorer.” If the box does not show up after putting in the blank DVD, you can open up windows Explorer and click on the DVD drive on the lower left side.
#1 – Download the Windows 7 Beta 1 .ISO file!
Well duh! Save it somewhere easy to get to (like your desktop).
#2 – Download and install ImgBurn
Rather that try muddling through with burning the .ISO file with whatever tools you might already have installed, download ImgBurn and use that. That way we’re all on the same page!
#3 – Burn the .ISO file to DVD
OK, pop a blank DVD into your DVD writer drive (for now I’m assuming that you actually have a DVD writer, if you don’t I’ll show you something else you can do in a moment). With that done, fire up ImgBurn. Select Write image file to disc.
4 – Use the DVD
You can now use the DVD like any other OS install disc … pop it in the DVD drive of the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot up the PC and you should get that Press any key to boot from CD or DVD message. Press any key to kick off the proceedings!
Note: If you don’t get that Press any key to boot from CD or DVD message then you’ll need to dig out your motherboard manual and twiddle with the boot device settings.
What if you haven’t got a DVD burner or just don’t want to hand over an entire machine to Windows 7 beta testing? Are you stuck? Nope! You have two options:
Windows Media Center is particularly useful if you’re stuck with protected WTV files (recorded from, say, a movie channel). Windows Media Center is the best method for burning WTV files to a DVD.
You can leave the setting as “With a CD/DVD player” if you want since it is compatible with older computers. Click Next.
Now drag and drop all the files from your desktop into the explorer window. Then click “Burn to disc.” Another window will open up, just click next. If you get any error messages, please update your question with the error message.
Click the Yes button and go grab a latté.
This step takes a while, especially if you’re burning a long recorded TV show. When Media Center comes back, you have a fully functional DVD, ready to pop into any DVD player.