Optical Discs like CD/DVD have been traditional way to store and transfer data from one computer to another computer although USB mass storage devices are replacing them rapidly for the specific tasks. Still they are used in a large quantity for entertainment purposes like storing images, music, and movies. Specially, DVDs and Blue Ray discs have a future for storing High Definition Video and Audio. Despite the decline in use of optical discs for physical transfer of data, CDs/DVDs are still in use for data backup purpose because there are relatively less chances of getting lost, damaged, or stolen optical discs while compared to USB storage devices according to my experience.
Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Redmond Giant and has a lot of new utilities; one of them is native support for burning CD/DVD using Windows Media Center. Since it is first time edition in any version of Windows, it needs a lot of improvements and features. Also, consumers are already addicted to some free 3rd party CD/DVD burning software. These software have been developed and got stable over a long period of time with a great deal of features. So, it is recommended to use one of these free software for CDs/DVDs burning instead if trying the new solution in Windows 7. Following is a list of best free CDs/DVDs Burning software which can be helpful in choosing one according to your requirements. in Windows 7.
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It is the most potent and effective free software for CDs/DVDs burning in Windows 7. Generations of optical discs from CD to Blue-Ray discs are supported including DVD and HD-DVD. The first screen after the program execution is Ez-Mode picker which lets you choose one of the commonly used tasks in CD/DVD Burning easily. It has several modes like Read, Build, Write, Verify, and Discovery. ImgBurn has support for almost 10 image file formats like ISO, IMG, NRG, BIN, and many more. The tools can build and burn Audi CDs, DVDs, and Blue-Ray Discs with easy detection of all latest drives. Further, it can write and erase re-writeable optical discs. It has a lot of advanced option to play with and if you are an experienced user, ImgBurn has a lot more features to explore and test other than simple CD/DVD Burning. There are detailed guides available for user to assist in CD/DVD burning at ImgBurn’s official forum. ImgBurn has native support for 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7. (Download ImgBurn)
It is another free but awesome CD/DVD burning software to use in Windows 7. It supports common types of optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blue-Ray discs including double layer mediums. The user can easily create Audio CDs, Video Discs which may be DVD or Blue-Ray. It has a nice and clean user interface when compared to ImgBurn. Dealing with re-writeable media is also much more comfortable. ISO files can be created and burned as well with support of converting BIN/NRG file formats into ISO. CDBurnerXP is multilingual and natively supports 32 and 64 bits version of Windows 7. It requires .Net Framework 3.5 for operations. (Download CDBurnerXP)
This is a free version of commercial product which meets basic CD/DVD burning needs of a user in Windows 7. Like other software, it supports creation of Audio Discs on CDs and Video Discs on DVD and Blue-Ray Discs. It is also possible to create bootable CDs and burn data images. BurnAware provides a convenient way to treat with re-writeable media. The visual interface is categorized in way that provides an easy access to common tasks. 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 are supported by default. (Download BurnAware Free)
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free
This software is a free version of popular but commercial product by Ashampoo for CD/DVD burning in Windows 7. Without advanced features of commercial product, it provides basic services for a normal user to burn a CD/DVD. It supports all popular types of optical discs with double layer. Almost all major drives are supported to rip Audio on CDs or create video discs on DVDs and Blue-Ray. It is natively supported in 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7. (Download Ashampoo Burning Studio Free)
The collection of free CD/DVD burning solutions would be imperfect without mentioning the free and open source, InfraRecorder. It contains all necessary features to accomplish basic tasks of CD/DVD burning although it lacks support for Blue-Ray discs and HD-DVDs. There is also support avaaivlbe for writing or erasing re-writeable discs. It does not natively support Windows 7 but compatible version for 32 and 64 bit Vista work in Windows 7. According to the developers, an update is expected in near future which will obviously make it more awesome and rich with extra features. (Download InfraRecorder)
It solely depends upon you which software fulfills your requirmemetns for CD/DVD burning in Windows 7. Do leave a comment about your experience with any of these best free CD/DVD burning softwares.