Everyone is aware of Nero, and it does not need an introduction. Most probably, it is the most popular tool that comes with a lot of features. The only cache with the Nero is that it is not available for free use. If you are in search of an alternative to Nero, this post will help you. While all of the CD/DVD Burners are free in this post, these are also compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Windows 11.
Alternatives to Nero
The following apps are available for free for personal use:-
- Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE
- Infra Recorder
- Active@ISO Burner
- BurnAware Free
Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE
When we talk about burning alternatives to Nero, Ashampoo Burning Studio’s name comes first of all. Its free version is available to download and comes full of features.
The free version of Ashampoo Burning Studio helps burn and back up data, rip music discs, create audio discs or burn existing videos, like MP4 files and photos, to Blu-ray disc, CD-DVDs. The program comes with an easy interface that is ideal for beginners who’ll quickly achieve great results.
Once you run the Ashampoo Burning Studio, all software features are accessed from its home itself. One can quickly create a CD/DVD, update an existing CD/DVD (multisession mode), create an Audio CD, create an MP3 or WMA Disc, copy Music Files to Disc, Rip Audio CD, create a Video DVD from Folder, Video CD (VCD), and Super Video CD (SVCD). It also supports burning Blu-Ray discs.
You can download the free full version of Ashampoo Burning Studio from here.
If you search for a small and free utility to burn the disk, the Infra Recorder name should come first. It is one of the most popular free-burning software that can easily create audio CDs, just like Nero.
Infra Recorder lets you create a dual-layer DVD, quickly erase discs, burn ISO images, copy discs, burn multi-session discs, save audio and data tracks to files.
Once you launch the Infra Recorder tool, you can quickly access the most popular features like Data Disc, Audio Disc, Video Disc, Write Image, Copy Disc, and Read Disc; without navigating here and there. Moreover, the installer size is just about 4 MB.
You can download the latest version of Infra Recorder from here.
CDBurnerXP is another good freeware alternative to paid CD and DVD burners like Nero. You can use CDBurnerXP as an alternate to Nero if you don’t buy a paid CD.DVD burner software. Apart from basic disc-burning features, this freeware also supports Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.
CDBurnerXP can burn all kinds of discs, audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks, burn and create ISO files, data verification after burning process, and create bootable discs. It supports a multi-language interface. There is also an option to convert a bin/NRG to ISO is available. The latest version of this free tool supports Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/7/8/10.
You can download it from here.
DeepBurner comes in both free and paid versions. The free version comes with many features and suits most of the users. This program has many features that you can’t see on a free burner. The following are the main features of DeepBurner burning utility:-
- Quickly create and burn regular data CDs/DVDs.
- AudioCD recording functionality.
- Quickly build and burn ISO Images.
- Supports IDE/EIDE, USB, SCSI, and FireWire CD/DVD writers.
- Overburn function.
- Buffer underrun technology, “Burn-Proof.”
- DAO, SAO, and TAO Writing methods support
- Support for CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD+R / DVD-RW / DVD+RW / DVD-RAM.
- Create Multi-session CDs.
- Bootable CD/DVD support.
- Dynamically adjustable drive buffer size.
- High-Performance File/Disc Caching.
- Supports Long File Name (Joliet) File Systems.
- Creates ISO (100% DOS/Windows) compatible data CDs/DVDs.
- Supports multiple simultaneous recorders.
- Help to create any burning project.
- The Autorun Wizard makes it easy to create effective autoruns for your CDs.
- You can even easily make your own cover, booklet, or case insert.
- Multi-language interface.
You can download the latest version of DeepBurner from here.
The final burner is a free alternative to Nero. The user interface is simple and is easy to use as well. It features data burning of CD/DVD (CD R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD DL, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.), and autorun menu designer.
Burning Audio CD (Import *.wav; *.mp3; *.ogg; *.mid; *.wma; *.aac; *.mp4; *.m4a; *.xm; *.mod; *.s3m; *.it; *.mtm; *.mo3 audio files.) and Video DVD (Import AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP4, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, FLV, etc. Capture from Web cam, TV tuner, DV, etc.) are supported. It also comes with AudioCd Ripper function.
You can download FinalBurner free software from here.
ImgBurn is a free full flash software that burns image files and burns CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray discs. It helps to create Audio CDs, DVD Videos discs, and HD DVD video discs. This program supports a wide range of image file formats, including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG, and PDI. It features Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn’t run into any problems using an international character set.
You can download the ImgBurn from here.
CDrtfe is another freeware burning program for Windows. It can burn data discs (CD and DVD), Audio CDs, XCDs, (S) VCDs, and DVD-Video discs. It is compatible with Windows 9x, ME, 2k, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Windows 11. You can download this free burning software from here.
Active@ ISO Burner is another freeware and simple tool that allows you to burn an ISO image file to CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DL DVD+RW, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Discs. To burn an ISO file, you need to select the ISO file path and select target, speed, mode, and copies, and click on Burn; that’s all your CD/DVD would be burnt. To automate the ISO image burning process, Active@ ISO Burner software accepts command line parameters too.
You can download the Active@ISO Burner from here.
BurnAware Free is a popular freeware program to burn data disc, audio CD, ISO, boot disc, MP3 disc, DVD-video, and more. Apart from burning the different CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs, this software can also make a bootable ISO, CD, and DVD.
You can create a multisession disc easily and quickly. This free software can copy discs into ISO images. It can extract files and folders from ISO images.
You can download the BurnAware Free from here.
WinISO is another example of a free CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc image burner. This free tool can open, create, edit, extract, mount, convert ISO files and other image file formats. It can also make bootable CD/DVD/BD and burn ISO image files to CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc.
Free WinISO can process almost all CD/DVD/BD image files, including ISO and BIN. You can handle the ISO image files according to your choice.
Some features of WinISO
- ISO Editor: Open and edit ISO files.
- ISO Extractor: Extract ISO files and CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc image files.
- ISO Converter: Convert image files between ISO/BIN and other formats.
- ISO Burner: Burn ISO image file to CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc and burn image files on the fly.
- ISO Mount: Mount ISO image files.
- Bootable ISO Maker: Make bootable CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc images.
- Backup CD/DVD/BD as image files from CD/DVD/BD Drive.
You can download the latest version of WinISO from here.