How to Burn ISO files

Need to burn ISO files? As data images from CDs, ISO files are designed to be manipulated from a CD. Using ISO burners to transfer the ISO image to CD enables you to work with ISO files as they're intended, with a fully functional ISO image.

Avoid pirated software and files.
Software piracy is illegal, but unfortunately that doesn't prevent some people from doing it. If you download ISO images online, make sure you're using a 100-percent legal ISO image from a trusted source. Even if you're using a pirated ISO image unwittingly, you may still be in violation of anti-piracy laws, so always be sure to verify the legality of the files you're using.

Examine ISO burners to find the right software for the job.
An ISO image is intended to be burned onto a disc. That means it's fairly easy to find ISO burners to transfer ISO files to disc. Most CD-creation software, such as Nero, Easy CD Creator and others, comes with the ability to burn ISO files natively. If you already have CD-authoring software, you don't need to worry about finding it to burn your ISO files.

However, if you don't have CD-creation software, you'll need to download and install ISO burners. You can choose a generic CD-authoring program, or you can look for ISO burners designed to work solely and specifically with ISO files. If you don't need a full CD-creation suite, you can save money by working with ISO-specific software.

Follow instructions or on-screen prompts to burn your ISO image onto disc.
Once you've installed the appropriate software, simply fire it up, and prepare to burn your ISO image onto disc. You'll need an appropriately sized disc, which may be a CD or DVD, depending on the size of the ISO file. While specifics vary from program to program, in most cases, the steps go something like this:

1. Select your source file.
In most cases, you start by selecting your source file; in this case, the ISO image that you want to burn to disc. Browse to the folder where you're storing the file, and select it.

2. Insert a disc into the drive.
Pop your appropriately-sized blank disc into the drive.

3. Indicate your destination drive.
Computers have multiple disc drives, so you'll need to indicate your destination drive, where you've inserted your blank disc.

4. Follow on-screen prompts to burn the disc.
Different types of ISO burners vary at this step. You may need to provide additional information, select specific settings or jump through other hoops to burn your disc. Consult program instructions to handle any specific questions.

5. Finalize the disc.
After you burn a disc, you have to finalize it in order for your computer to read it properly. Most disc-burning software performs this function automatically, but, if you have to do it manually, make sure to complete this step before quitting.

6. Close the ISO burner, and fire up the disc.
After you've successfully burned your disc, it's as simple as closing the ISO burner software and browsing to your disc drive to work with your newly burned disc. If you use the right software, your computer should detect your new CD like any other disc you'd pop into your computer.

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