Anyone have any suggestions for good DVD burning software compatible with Windows 7?

I've tried ImgBurn and so far have 3 new coasters (it may just be my machine).

I'm aware that windows 7 contains some basic DVD burning capabilities, but I'm looking for something a little more powerful.

Free software is preferred, but not required.

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There's a free version of Nero available.

The free version only does basic data burning but that might be what you want. It's supported on Windows 7.

  • I Didn't know they had a free version, I've had good luck with Nero in the past. Thank you for this. Additionally, I like the fact that they explicitly state Windows 7 compatibility. – Dan Rigby Aug 28 '09 at 1:27
  • Ahh, Nero ... the memories. i haven't been using Nero since v6.6.15 or so, i found the notion to install 1.8 GB of code to burn some disks rather apalling :) – Molly7244 Aug 28 '09 at 1:27
  • Nero has become very bloaty with recent releases. Hopefully if the free version has restricted functionality it will be smaller. I have to admit that I haven't tried it so I can't confirm either way. – Dave Webb Aug 28 '09 at 1:32
  • I'm still investigating. The free version is a much smaller download (50MB vs 350MB) and the UI is clean, but I'm still determining if you can actually burn an image with it... – Dan Rigby Aug 28 '09 at 1:42
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    just be careful during the installation with Nero 9 Essentials, or your web browser will sport the lovely ask.com toolbar :) – Molly7244 Aug 28 '09 at 1:42

The three I really like and can never choose between (and usually install them all :S)

Isorecorder A tiny program (uses native Windows functions, so it is just a GUI to features that already exist) that allows you to create ISO files easily by right clicking on a folder, and from there you can burn Iso's to DVD's and CD's very efficiently.

CDBurnerXP A good program that supports many different types/formats and works well.

Deep Burner Free Portable A portable good burner that supports the usual features you would expect.

All of these programs I believe (well, think) use native Windows functions and do not install any drivers.

I personally use Isorecorder for the small jobs where everything is in one place and I just need to copy it to a cd/dvd QUICK.

CDBurnerXP When my requirements are slightly higher such as creating a CD that involves files from many different sources, or need to burn from a non iso/standard format.

Deep Burner Personally I just keep this on a USB stick, I used to use it all the time, but I find myself using CDBurnerXP more and more. As this is a portable utility, it sometimes just comes in very handy.


maybe CDBurnerXP is for you (works fine for me with 7 RTM)

  • +1 Because I've used this before as well with pretty good luck. Haven;t tried it on Win 7 yet. – Dan Rigby Aug 28 '09 at 1:50

infrarecorder works nice, and its opensource

  • InfraRecorder is a fine program indeed but Windows 7 is not yet officially supported. – Molly7244 Aug 28 '09 at 1:22
  • but it runs fine – alpha1 Aug 28 '09 at 1:23
  • +1 Just because its the first burning utility I've seen that comes in a 64bit version. However, it seems like the "verify the image after burning" feature is not enabled. \-: – Dan Rigby Aug 28 '09 at 1:24
  • you do have to check that off, and uncheck eject disk after writing. – alpha1 Aug 28 '09 at 1:33

It's interesting that ImgBurn didn't work for you. I use it on my Win7 box just fine. Perhaps it's a driver/firmware issue? In any case, may be worth it to check out http://www.firmwarehq.com/ for new firmware for your drive.

  • I don't actually think it was ImgBurn's fault. I burned another coaster with Nero last night too. Then I just gave up. Both apps detected errors when it came to disc verification. I actually did try upgrading the drive's firmware but it didn't solve the problem. – Dan Rigby Aug 28 '09 at 17:41
  • Sounds to me like the DVD Burner is going bad. I had the same issues at home and I just replaced the burner. I got an ASUS one from newegg.com for $25, it's been working fine since then. – Hondalex Jun 16 '10 at 21:35

Try StarBurn by RocketDivision. It's free and deals with CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD. You can find it here: http://rocketdivision.com/download_starburn.html


I have Windows 7 and a "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-U20N". When I used CDBurnerXP, it said that I didn't have any compatible burners.

So I installed the Intel Matrix Storage Manager and everything works great now.

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