How to Burn an ISO File in Windows

This guide will take you step by step through the process to burn an ISO file in all versions of the Windows operating system.

Background

If you’re using Windows 2000, ME, XP or Vista – there’s a fantastic (and completely free) app that you can use to burn an ISO file to CD/DVD.

If you’re using Windows 7, 8 or 10 – there’s an app built right into Windows that you can use.

We’ll cover both methods –

How to Burn an ISO to CD/DVD in Windows 2000, ME, XP or Vista

  1. First things first, download and install the latest version of CDBurnerXP Pro. Once it’s installed, launch it and select Burn ISO image from the pop-up window.
  2. the CDBurnerXP startup screen

  3. Click the Browse… button next to the Select ISO to burn: field.
  4. an arrow pointing to a Browse button

  5. Navigate to the .iso file you want to burn, select it, and then click the Open button.
  6. a Windows Explorer window with an arrow pointing to an ISO file

  7. To begin burning the CD or DVD, click the Burn Disc button.
  8. an arrow pointing to a burn disc button

  9. CDBurnerXP Pro will now do it’s thing and burn the ISO file to CD or DVD. Depending on the size of the ISO file and the speed of your CD or DVD burner, this process may take anywhere from a few seconds to 20 or 30 minutes.
  10. CDBurnerXP burning an ISO file to DVD in Windows

  11. When it’s done, click the OK button in the confirmation window.
  12. a process completed window with an arrow pointing to an OK button

  13. If you open a Windows Explorer screen, you should see your newly burned ISO file as a CD or DVD in your CD/DVD drive.
  14. a Windows Explorer window with a DVD in a dvd drive

  15. That’s it – you’re all done!

How to Burn an ISO to CD/DVD in Windows 7, 8 or 10.

  1. Starting in Windows 7, Microsoft decided to include the ability to burn an ISO to CD/DVD as a feature of the operating system – and it’s super easy.
  2. Navigate to the ISO you want to burn and right-click on the file. From the context menu, select Burn disc image.
  3. right-click menu for an ISO file in Windows

  4. Now all you have to do is make sure you have a blank CD or DVD in your drive and then click the Burn button.
  5. an arrow pointing to a Burn button

  6. Sit back and watch Windows burn the ISO for you.
  7. windows burning an ISO file to DVD

  8. Once it’s done you’ll hear a ‘beep’ noise and the Status section will say the image has been successfully burned to disc.
  9. a completed task in the Windows Disc Burner app

  10. If you open a Windows Explorer screen, you should see your newly burned ISO file as a CD or DVD in your CD/DVD drive.
  11. a Windows Explorer window with a DVD in a dvd drive

Did you know the same software that you can use to burn an ISO is also able to create ISO images from the files on your hard drive?


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