How To Burn Disk Images

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 12, 2009
Updated • May 9, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

It is surprising that many users who have downloaded the Windows 7 Beta release are having difficulties burning it on DVD. This article is supposed to act as a guideline for all of your disk burning activities.

To burn a disk image a software is needed that is capable of doing so. One of the best free disk burning applications is ImgBurn. ImgBurn is fast, lightweight and supports many of the more popular disk image formats including ISO, BIN and IMG among others. It is also compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of all Windows operating systems since the release of (and including) Windows 95.

It furthermore is capable of burning disk images to CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and HD DVD. In other words: ImgBurn should cover the needs of 99.9% of all users.

One of the useful features of ImgBurn is its context menu integration. A option to burn the disk image will automatically appear if a user right-clicks a supported disk image file.

The selected disk image will be loaded directly into the disk burning software program with the option to burn it immediately if a blank disk has been inserted into the disk writing drive.


All that is left to do is to click on the icon in the lower left of the window that is opening automatically. This will start the disk burning process. Users can optionally change the write speed settings and amount of copies in the left side or activate test mode or verification. That's all there is to it to burn a disk image.

We had an ask the readers article just a short while ago about the best free burning software that might be of interest as well.


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  1. g said on January 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

    krishna: no it is not.

  2. krishna said on January 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Is it possible to burn the disc as multisession using IMGBURN?

  3. g said on January 13, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I use both imgburn and cdburnerxp

  4. bluebearr said on January 13, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I used Nero 6 twice and ImgBurn once and made three coasters. I confirmed with ISOBuster and VMWare that I had a good image (ISOBuster showed that it was bootable and I was able to boot a virtual machine from the .ISO), but none of the DVDs I burned could boot. However, I could see the files on the DVDs.

  5. VD said on January 13, 2009 at 2:11 am

    1st try worked. Used imgBurn.

  6. item32 said on January 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I use BurnAware 2.2.1 You can get it here

  7. Stefan said on January 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I think I turned 6 DVDs into coasters trying to burn those damn Win7 ISOs

    1. Martin said on January 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

      The fourth did work for me.

  8. Tom said on January 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Nice description … but actually I think ISORecorder from Axel Feinman is easier to use, speaking only about burning ISO images (like the one MS is using for Windows 7). You just have to doubleclick the ISO file and click on “Continue” -that’s it! There are (almost) no more options, which can confuse the “lightweight” user :-)

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