How to burn ISO discs with Windows 7

Burning ISO images to disc used to mean faffing around with third-party programs, but Windows 7 has an ISO-burning tool built-in. Here's how to use it

In previous versions of Windows, burning ISO images to disc meant having to download some third-party software and then figuring out how to make it work. Thankfully, Windows 7 comes with its very own built-in ISO burning tool. Here's our step-by-step guide to how to use it.

1. Before using this tool, you'll need a blank, writeable CD or DVD. Insert the disc into your optical drive and, after a short pause, the Burn a Disc window will appear (pictured below). This lets you tell Windows how it should treat the disc. In the 'Disc title' box, enter a suitable name for the disc, then select the 'With a CD/DVD player' option and click Next.

Step 1

2. You now need to locate the ISO file that you want to burn to disc. Hunt down the file -- in this example we're using an Ubuntu ISO file -- and right-click it. From the menu that appears, select 'Burn disc image'. Alternatively, simply double-click the ISO file.

Step 2

3. The new Windows Disc Image Burner window will now appear. The first step is to choose which drive the disc you prepared in step 1 is in. Click on the drop-down list at the top of the window to see all available drives, and then select the appropriate one.

Step 3

4. You can also select whether or not Windows should verify the disc once it's been created. Errors can occasionally occur during the burn process -- selecting this option instructs Windows to run a series of checks to determine whether the ISO burn was successful.

Step 4

5. Finally, click the Burn button. Windows will now start creating the disc. How long it takes will depend on the size of the file and the speed of your optical drive. The Status bar tells you how far through it is. If you opted to verify the disc, this will add a few minutes on to the end of the burn process.

Step 5