I used to use the built in Windows Media Player to burn audio CDs under Win 8. Now that it has been removed in Windows 10 is there a built in option to do this?

If there is not what would you recommend as an alternative. iTunes is the obvious one that springs to mind but I don't find it very user friendly for something like this.

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    Wouldn't a program like CDBurnerXP be easier? I can be portable and will probably be supported for a long time. – sigalor Aug 12 '15 at 10:48
  • Have you tried the Music App? Or have you looked in the Windows Store to see if there is an App available to do what you want? – CharlieRB Aug 12 '15 at 12:34
  • @sigalor CDBurnerXP does look easy. I've downloaded it and will give it a try later. Thanks – Chris Herring Aug 12 '15 at 13:09
  • @CharlieRB I was hoping for a built in method first. I am aware that the new Microsoft Groove app does not do this. Also I imagine that a store app is much less likely to support this than a desktop app. – Chris Herring Aug 12 '15 at 13:12
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    @CharlieRB I tried the explorer options and can confirm it burns it as mp3 files. See windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows7/… there are 2 formats explorer burns in - live file system format and mastered format. – Chris Herring Aug 14 '15 at 0:47

I found a solution for you. Actually, you may still have the built-in Windows Media Player, but it's hidden, because you have the new metro apps.

    Here's how:

1.Go to C:/Program Files

2.Search for the folder Windows Media Player

If there isn't a folder with that name, search in Program Files (x86), in case you have Windows 10 64-Bit edition.

If you don't find it anywhere,it may not be included with your copy of Windows (i have Windows 10 Pro).

To check if you have the Media Features, right-click on the start button and select Control Panel . Then, go to:

Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off (on the left side)

Scroll down until you see a folder named Media Features. Go to it and you should see a folder named Windows Media Player. Check the box to install it. enter image description here

If you installed Windows Media Player, go to it and double click wmplayer.exe

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You may need to set it up before you start. After that, you can enjoy creating audio CDs

  • I also have Win10 Pro however I did a fresh install rather than upgraded from Win8 so I'm guessing that's why I don't have it. Nice find tho. – Chris Herring Aug 12 '15 at 6:20
  • Actually the exact version I have is 'Windows Pro N' which according to windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows-8/upgrade-to-n doesn't ship with media player even in Win 8. My prev Win8 version was enterprise. – Chris Herring Aug 12 '15 at 6:25
  • That's the reason you don't have Windows Media Player installed.You need to install it or any other 3rd party app like iTunes to burn CDs – snaks20 Aug 12 '15 at 7:28
  • You can get Windows Media Player on 'K' and 'N' editions of Windows by installing the Media Feature Pack: microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30685 – Bala Sivakumar Aug 15 '15 at 18:10
  • Yes, that's true. – snaks20 Aug 15 '15 at 18:19

It's in the start menu under all apps scroll all the way down to windows accessories and Windows Media player is there

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