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How to Fix "Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files" Error

What you should do if Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files

When it comes to burning files using Windows Media Player, the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error is the most common. It’s also difficult to determine what causes this error. This article will explain some of the most common causes and provide you with ways on how to fix this error.

Windows Media Player has been included with all Windows versions since 1991. However, the file burning feature did not appear until Windows Media player 7, which supported audio CD-burning only. With the release of Windows Media Player 9 for Windows XP, data CD-burning support was added. In Windows Media Player 9, audio CDs could be burnt with volume leveling, which will be relevant later.

How to Fix

Today, CD and DVD burning is slowly going out of favor thanks to flash drivers, memory cards, cloud storage, and so on. Yet, some people still prefer CD and DVD storage. Moreover, some schools, universities, and even businesses around the world still use CDs to some extent.

Generally speaking, the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error always has something to do with either the Windows Media Player being corrupted or the files you’re trying to burn being corrupted. This error is prevalent in the current Windows Media Player version 12, which comes on Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10.

In rare cases, for one reason or another, Windows Media Player’s installation can become corrupted. Also, third-party burning software may interfere with Windows Media Player, causing the error.

However, in most cases, the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error occurs due to the files users try to burn. Some files can be problematic. Some files may interfere with the burning process because they are protected or are read-only files.

Also, if you’re trying to burn an audio CD, check if you haven’t exceeded the 80-minute limit. If you haven’t exceeded the 700MB capacity of a CD, if you go past the 80 minutes limit, then you won’t be able to run the files. If you’ve exceeded this limit, then remove some of the files and try burning the CD again.

Fortunately, there are ways you fix the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error.

Look at the name of the MP3 file. If there are any extra dots between the name of the song and the file extension, remove the extra dots as they might be causing compatibility issues.

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Method 1. Tweak Privacy Settings

The solution that seems to work for most users is changing the privacy settings in WMP. Disabling some features prevents the media player from searching for additional information online, which may cause an error.

1. Open Windows Media Player.

Open the Organize drop-down menu and click Options

2. Open the Organize drop-down menu and click Options.

Uncheck the checkboxes under Enhanced Playback and Device Experience

4. In the options window, click Privacy.

5. Uncheck all checkboxes under Enhanced Playback and Device Experience.

6. Click Apply and click OK to save the changes.

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Method 2. Uncheck Volume Leveling

Applying volume leveling in WMP is a common cause for the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files.” Unticking the volume leveling option may fix the error.

1. Open Windows Media Player.

Click Organize and select Options

2. Open the Organize drop-down menu and click Options.

Uncheck the volume leveling option and click OK

3. Select Burn.

4. Uncheck the checkbox next to Apply Volume Leveling across tracks.

5. Click Apply and click OK to save the changes.

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Method 3. Remove unsupported files that cannot be burned

All of the files added for burning appear on the right pane of the Windows Media player. If you get the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error, take a look at the files. If there’s a white cross within a red circle next to some files, then it means that the files are not supported, and you should remove them from the burn list to get rid of the error.

1. Open Windows Media Player.

Select Burn

2. Select Burn on the top-right side of the window.

3. Drag and drop the files you want to burn to a CD in the burn list in the right pane.

Click Start burn

4. Click Start burn to begin burning the files to a CD.

If you get the

5 if you get the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” error, click OK.

Identify the files with a white X within a red circle next to them

6. If the burn list contains unsupported files marked by a white X in a red circle next to them, navigate to the Burn list.

right-click unsupported files and click Remove from list

7. Right-click those files and click Remove from list.

Click Start burn

8. Then, click Start burn.

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Method 4. Remove Read-only Access

Another common cause for the “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files” is the read-only setting. To uncheck the read-only setting, right-click the files you want to burn individually or together, and select Properties. Then, uncheck the Read-only setting and click Apply to save the new setting.

1. Navigate to the location of the files you want to burn to a CD.

Right-click selected files and click Properties

2. Select all of the files, right-click them, and click Properties.

Uncheck the Read-only checkbox and click Apply

3. In the General tab, under Attributes, uncheck the Read-only checkbox.

4. Click Apply and click OK.

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Method 5. Remove unnecessary characters from filenames

Filenames with unnecessary characters, particularly dots, may cause the error because WMP might misinterpret the file extension and cause the error. Also, special characters, such as accented characters and characters not native to the English language, might also be the issue. Therefore, it’s necessary to fix the file names before burning the files to a CD.

1. Navigate to the location of the files you want to burn to a CD.

Right-click a file and click Rename

2. Right-click the problematic file, and click Rename.

3. Remove any dots and/or special characters from the name and save the new name.

Right-click a file and click Properties

4. Right-click the file and click Properties.

5. Select the Details tab.

In the details tab remove special characters and click Apply

6. Erase any special characters included in the Title, Album artist, Album name, and so on.

After removing special characters from meta data click Apply and click OK

7. Click Apply and click OK.

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