How To Burn an ISO Image to Disc in Windows 7

If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7 a new feature you may not be aware of is the ability to burn ISO images natively (no additional software required!). Here is a quick tutorial on how to do it.

1. In XP you needed to have 3rd-party software in order to burn an ISO image which we previously covered. In Windows 7 the ability to burn them is built in with Windows Disc Image Burner and it couldn’t be easier.

First pop a blank DVD or CD in your optical drive – depending on the size of the file you’re burning…in this example we’re burning a Jolicloud image which is 698 MB. Right-click on the ISO you want to burn and click Burn disc image on the Context Menu.

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2. In the resulting window select the burner you want to use – in case you have more than one. Check Verify disc after burning…this will check the disc for errors so you’ll be sure the disc will work without any errors.

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3. The burning process kicks off and you’ll be shown a progress bar while it takes place. The amount of time it takes will depend on the size of the ISO image and the drive burning speed.

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4. Then it will verify the disc.

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5. Success! The disc has been burned successfully, and your drive will eject the disc for you and then close out of Disc Image Burner.

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6. I put the disc back in the drive and here you can see it’s recognized and you open it and explore the files.

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That’s it! A very simple process. Having this feature built into Windows 7 is great if you need to burn Linux or other ISO images to DVD or CD. This feature is available in all versions of Windows 7.

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