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Slideshow: Burn discs in a backwards compatible format

Default AutoPlay

In an issue of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz shows you how to find and use the mastered optical disc format in Windows 7. (If you want to learn more about Windows 7's Live File System disc format, check out his Windows Blog post, Augment your data storage options with Windows 7 Live File System format.

Creating a Mastered disc

When you insert a blank optical disc into a CD-R or DVD-R drive, you'll see the AutoPlay dialog box as shown. As you can see, by default, Windows 7 assumes that you will be formatting a data disc. To continue, you can press [Enter] or click the Burn Files To Disc button.

This Photo Gallery is also available in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.