How to Repair: Windows Media Player Cannot Burn Some of the Files

One of the most common errors when burning CDs using Windows Media Player is that when you write added files to a CD, the player suddenly gives an error message that says.

“Windows Media Player is unable to burn some files. To investigate the problem, click the icon next to the files in the burn list.”

What should you do if you see such an error message? In this IR Cache article, we will tell you how to fix the situation when Windows Media Player cannot burn some files on Windows 10/8/7. The following tips have helped many users to solve the problem with Windows Media Player. We hope that you will also find them useful.

What causes the “Windows Media Player can’t burn some files” problem?

The reasons for this error are not very extensive. It is usually caused by the following factors.

Problematic files: Usually some files that you are trying to record are themselves the reason that the recording process fails. The files often block the process because they are protected, etc., which causes the error message.

Windows Media Player installation: In some cases, the error is due to a corrupted Windows Media Player installation or third-party recording applications that interfere with the software. Although this happens quite rarely, the possibility always exists.

You can get around this problem by following the solutions below. We recommend that you follow them in the order listed to get a quick fix.

How do I fix the “Windows Media Player Cannot Burn Some of the Files” error message?

Delete the incompatible files

  1. After receiving the error message, click the empty drive in the left pane.
  2. The list of files you want to burn will be displayed.
  3. An icon with a white X in a red circle appears next to the files that are incompatible with recording with Windows Media Player.
  4. Click the icon to delete the problem files, then try burning the CD without them.
  5. Note that Windows Media Player can record audio files no longer than 80 minutes in length.

Use a third-party application to record files

  1. Select the New button in the upper left corner of the PowerISO window -> click Audio CD.
  2. Click Add -> and select Add Music Files.
  3. Select the files you want to add to the CD and click Open.
  4. Click Burn and complete the process.

Edit the file information

  1. Check the file details by right-clicking on each file and selecting Properties.
  2. On the Details tab, make sure that the artist name, song title, album name, etc. do not contain any special characters.
  3. If you find different types of characters, be sure to remove them and apply the changes.

Changing the recording speed in Windows Media Player

  1. In Windows Media Player, click Organize -> select Options.
  2. Open the Burn tab -> on the General tab, change the writing speed to Medium/Low -> click OK.

Disable the Advanced Playback and Device Experience options

  1. In Windows Media Player, click Organize -> select Options.
  2. Open the Privacy tab -> uncheck all Advanced Playback and Device Experience options.
  3. Click OK and now try to start the recording process.

Frequently Asked Questions

In Windows Media Player, click the Organize option -> select Options. Open the Privacy tab -> uncheck all options under Enhanced Playback and Device Experience. Click OK and now try to start the recording process.

If your computer can't burn a CD, try using a different type of disc. The type of disc you use to burn must be compatible with the type of drive in your computer. Therefore, you will not be able to burn a DVD-R disc in a drive that does not support DVD-R technology. CD-R discs are supported by all recordable drives.

Open Windows Media Player. In the player's library, select the Burn tab, select the Burn Options button, and then select Audio CD or Data CD or DVD. Insert a blank disc into the CD or DVD burner. If your computer has more than one CD or DVD drive, select the drive you want to use.

In the "Eject Music" menu, make sure that the "Eject Music To This Location" option is set to a valid folder. If it is not, Windows Media Player will not be able to copy audio tracks.