In my past article on IsoBuster, I explained what are *.iso files: they are exact replicas of CDs and DVDs in one single file. In my Daemon Tools article, I showed how to read from these *.iso files as virtual CD/DVD drives to avoid re-burning them to disk. But, there are sometimes when burning an *.iso file is necessary.
These are the most common methods of CD/DVD burning:
Normally, I use the second method, the integrated CD Writing Wizard since it is faster to start a CD burning job. Despite its limitations like difficult configuration and unnecessary, redundant CD writing steps, it’s the closest thing to cross-compatible drag-and-drop CD writing functionality. (For UDF advocates, I do not agree with you.)
There is one thing (actually there are more) that puzzles me about Microsoft. The CD burning wizard does not implement *.iso burning. It should be only natural to include a feature in Windows that lets you click on an *.iso file and press “Burn to Disk.”
That is exactly ISO Recorder’s specialty. It makes up for Microsoft’s oversight. Often, when I download *.iso images (legal, mind you!), I have to open a huge, memory-hungry, full-fledge CD Burning Suite like the ones mentioned in Method #1. On the other hand, ISO Recorder is a tiny, unassuming program that is integrated into the Microsoft Windows Explorer Shell.
There’s really not much to explain on how to use this program. Just right-click the *.iso file and select “Copy Image to CD.”
The one-step wizard is pretty much self-explanatory.
See? Wasn’t that easy?