I have been using Nero Burning Rom for a long time. It used to be a free giveaway with every CD or DVD burner that I bought over the years and I'm currently using version 7 something of it on my computer. Nero is a good program, really. It is just a little bit slow and comes with lots of excess that I would never need nor touch in my whole life. I know that there are dozens of free burning applications available for Windows and I thought I ask you which you do prefer and which you think is the best free burning software currently on the market.
Let me explain the functionality that I really need it to support. The software should be able to burn CDs and DVDs both in image formats like ISO or IMG but also folders and files for archiving purposes. It should be able to burn music CDs although I rarely use that feature nowadays. It would be nice if it would have one or two context menu entries that would allow me to burn images right from the context menu.
That's really all I need. Everything else would be a bonus unless it would slow down the application. A perfect application would load as fast as possible, show no splash screen and let me pick what I want to do right away. Now it's your turn, what is the best free burning software in your opinion?
Update: My favorite disc burning program is ImgBurn right now. It is a lightweight program that ships with all the functionality that I need, and then some that I do not need but may in the future. It can burn disc images right away, create audio CDs, burn Video_TS folders and a lot more.
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