Beginner Geek: How to Burn an ISO Image to a Disc

There may be a time when you have an ISO image that you need to burn to a CD or DVD for use in a computer or other device. Today we show you how to do it using ImgBurn, ISO Recorder, and Windows Disc Image Burner in Windows 7.

You might need to burn an ISO of an operating system, software app, CD, DVD…etc. It doesn’t matter what the ISO image is, burning an image is a fairly straight-forward process and here we’ll take a look at three free options to accomplish it.

Using ImgBurn

ImgBurn is an awesome free utility that will create ISO images, allow out burn almost anything, and a lot more. Although there are a lot advanced features available, burning an ISO to disc is easy. Download and install ImgBurn (link below) taking the defaults in the install wizard.

 

The easiest way to use ImgBurn is to burn an image to disc is pop in a blank disc to the CD/DVD drive, right-click on the ISO file, and select Burn using ImgBurn.

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ImgBurn opens up with the source and destination fields already filled in. You can leave the default settings, then click the Write button.

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You’ll notice that the ImgBurn Log screen opens, this is by default and is meant to show error messages you may receive during the writing process.

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A successful burn! That is all there is to it…click Ok and close out of ImgBurn.

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Use ISO Recorder

ISO Recorder (link below) is another great utility for burning ISO images to disc. They have a version for XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit Versions). Pop your blank disc into your CD/DVD drive and right-click on the ISO image file and select Copy image to CD from the Context Menu.

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In the next screen the image file path is in the Source Image file field. Under Recorder select the drive with your blank disc, select a recording speed and click Next.

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You’ll see a progress screen while the data is written to the disc and finalizing…

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That’s it! Your disc will pop out and you can click Finish to close out of ISO Recorder.

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Use Windows 7

If You’re using Windows 7, use the built in Windows Disc Image Burner feature to burn ISO images to disc.

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The process is very straight-forward, and for a full walkthrough on this, check out our article on how to burn an ISO image in Windows 7.

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Conclusion

You don’t need an expensive commercial application to burn an ISO image to disc. Using any one of these free utilities will get the job done quite nicely.

Download ImgBurn from Ninite

Download ISO Recorder

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 04/1/10
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