If you purchase Windows 7 from an online store with the option to download the installation files, you might be offered the choice of downloading Windows 7 in the .ISO format. This kind of file can be used to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD for installation purposes.
An ISO file is a special kind of file that cannot be burned to a DVD like any other file. If you downloaded Windows 7 in the ISO format, you will have to unpack and burn the file to a DVD by using a program that is designed for the task.
You might already have a program installed on your computer that can burn an ISO file to DVD. Computer manufacturers frequently include software for burning music, video, and data that can also burn an ISO file to DVD. Examples of such programs include Nero, Roxio, and Sonic. Review the documentation that was included with your computer for directions on how to use this kind of software to burn an ISO file to DVD.
Finding software to burn an ISO to a DVD
You can also find software for burning an ISO file to DVD on several Web sites. Products such as Nero, Roxio, and Sonic are available for purchase, and they include many audio and video features in addition to burning capabilities. Programs that can burn ISO files to DVD are frequently available as trial versions or sometimes at no charge. Make sure that you review the terms of license for any software before installation.
Searching for ISO burning software
Two of the most common Web sites for finding software that can burn ISO files to DVD are as follows:
To search for software on these sites, visit the Web site’s home page, and in the search field, type ISO burn. If a program in the search results is labeled “Sponsored," it means that the software developer has made an agreement with the site to display their program at the top of the list.
Choosing the best program
Before you download a program, click the program name, and then read the detailed description. The description should mention that the program will allow for ISO file burning. Other details to consider with each program include the following:
Operating system Make Sure that the program works on the operating system currently installed on your computer.
License type and price Some applications are labeled Free, Free to Try, or Require a purchase.
User feedback Comments that are listed by other users can be informative. There is frequently a rating system and an opportunity to review what other users have said.
Specific programs that you can use
The following list of programs is not comprehensive, but it provides some common applications that can burn an ISO file to DVD. These examples can help give you guidance on how to choose the best software for your needs.
After you have chosen the program to install, you have to download and run the program file. Make sure that you carefully read the installation screen and any included instructional Help files. Most programs include a Help menu that has instructions for functionality such as burning ISO images to DVD.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.