BurnCDCC is a small and portable standalone executable that does the simple job of burning ISO files with the minimum of fuss to CD, DVD, and BD. There are a couple of options in the program such as auto eject, verifying the burned disc, and finalizing the media so no other data can be added.
There is a slider for setting the write speed which comes in useful for CDs and DVDs that are more sensitive when it comes to writing speeds. BurnCDCC is not even 100KB in size and works in just about every version of Windows.
9. Passcape ISO Burner
This tool is a portable executable and does have a few options such as “Create a bootable USB disk” and “Unpack ISO image to disk folder” which aren’t present in many other tools listed here. If you have another program set as the default ISO burner, the external option will load that instead. The bootable USB option was quite limited when we tried, some discs didn’t work but others were OK.
When you have chosen the “Burn ISO image to CD/DVD” option, the main burning window gives you the option of erasing a re-writable disc, enabling buffer under-run protection, and selecting the optical drive to use. Animated progress, speed, and buffer bars make for a pleasant interface while you wait. A write speed selection and verify option is not present though and would have been nice.
The website says most recorders are supported but our experience was a bit hit and miss. On one of our PCs, the writer worked perfectly, and on the other, it would only allow erasing and not burn even though the CDs were blank. If your writer is supported, it’s a nice portable tool.
10. ISO Image Burner
Although ISO Image Burner doesn’t have tons of features, it probably has enough options for all but the most advanced users. Basic options include Quick/Full erase, verify the write, set write speed, Test write, and finalize the disc. More advanced users can also add a boot image, adjust a few settings for the disc filesystem, import previous sessions, and set the cache size.
Using ISO Image Burner is easy and self explanatory, just set your preferred options, load the ISO and burn the disc. For some reason, a portable version of ISO Image Burner is not available even though the program itself is only a single executable. The installer can be extracted with Universal Extractor or you can just install it and copy out the exe file from Program Files, then uninstall.
There is another program floating around the internet called Ultimate ISO Burner 4.0. In essence, it is the same as ISO Image Burner and the only thing that tells them apart is a slightly different user interface. The Ultimate ISO Burner 4 website is long gone but the tool can still be found on some download portals.
11. ISO Recorder
ISO Recorder has been around since the beginning of Windows XP and is slightly different from the other tools here. It runs as a shell extension that you call by double clicking on an ISO image or right click and select “Copy image to CD/DVD” from the context menu. A Rewriteable erase button is present and also a write speed selector.
Along with burning an image, there is also a basic CD copier function by selecting the source as CD and not an ISO image. ISO Recorder also has a reverse function allowing you to create an ISO image by right clicking on a ROM drive or folder and selecting “Create ISO image file”. There are separate versions for XP, and 32/64 bit for Windows Vista and above. Windows 10 worked fine during testing.
What makes ISO2Disc potentially useful to some users is the feature available if you click the Options button at the bottom left. While not directly related to burning ISOs, it’s a window with the ability to load WIM images from Windows install DVDs and add to, or remove drivers from the WIM image.
If that option is not of interest to you, ISO2Disc is still a useful burning tool with the option of being able to write the ISO image to USB flash drive or optical disc. If you insert a used rewritable CD or DVD, do be aware that it will be erased without prompting.
13. ISOBurn 2
The version of ISOBurn 2 here is not to be confused with the other ISOBurn 2 listed previously. This tool is pretty similar to BurnCDCC in functionality except it is not portable and needs installing. It does have an erasing function so if you have some rewritable CDs or DVDs, they can be quickly or fully blanked using the Erase button.
A couple of basic checkboxes are included for closing the media, otherwise known as finalizing, and verifying the burned disc. A burn speed option is also available.
14. Windows 7/8/10/11 Built-in Disc Image Burner
Microsoft eventually realized that ISO image files are commonplace these days and decided to include the facility to burn images from within Windows. The tool is very basic but almost foolproof to use. ISO and IMG files are supported and all you have to do is make sure the writer is selected and whether you want to verify the contents of the burned disc. It will also ask to blank re-writable discs if needed.
If no other software has taken over the ISO file type, you simply need to double click the image file or right click > Burn disc image.