Give Nero a Miss with The Free CDBurnerXP

Though, Windows 7 comes bundled with a built-in CD/DVD burner that can burn IMG and ISO files, it is pretty basic. One of the better alternatives to a tool like Nero is a free and unglamorous piece of software called CDBurnerXP.

CDBurnerXP (ver.4.3.8) made its mark in the days of Windows XP when users cried out for a simple no frills CD/DVD burning software. “No frills” is an understatement because, the software gives you all the features to handle your day-to-day burning tasks.

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Supported video files: CDBurnerXP supports burning on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. It can also handle dual layer recording in double layer DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.

Supported audio files: CDBurnerXP supports MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC, WV (WavPack), and Ogg Vorbis. The software also has an integrated audio player. Mixed mode CDs that combine both audio and data for devices like PCs is supported.

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Disc Spanning and Multi-sessions: Power users can go for creating multiple discs by splitting it up. Save the results as an ISO file or burn them to disc.

Burn media on the fly: You can burn all files on-the-fly. That basically means you can write to your recordable disc directly from any other source other than your HDD. This is an essential feature of most good CD/DVD authoring tools. It’s a time-saver especially when you need to quickly create audio compilations from a multiple source CDs without ripping them.

Create bootable discs: Another essential feature set is the ability to create bootable discs.

Simulate disc burning: The software also can simulate a burn to detect errors. Verifying data after burning also cancels out errors.

ISO file management: CDBurnerXP can create and burn ISO files to a CD. It is also easily convert BIN and NRG files to the ISO format.

Easy drag ‘n drop operation: The nifty ‘drag ‘n drop’ box is a floating box that can help you add files for your compilations easily. The Explorer styled browser is for there for the traditionalists.

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Designing tools: Simple cover printing features and LightScribe support are on offer if you like to deck up your recorded CDs.

You can read the lineup of features on the CDBurnerXP website. For the cost of free, you will be hard-pressed to find a better alternative to commercial CD/DVD authoring tools.

CDBurnerXP is a 4.8 MB download and runs on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It requires Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0+ to run.

Last updated on 07 February, 2022

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