Put a blank disc in the disc drive. Right-click or tap and hold the ISO file. Choose Burn disc image. Pick the correct burner from the Disc burner drop-down menu. Typically, it is the "D:" drive. When the disc ejects from the drive, close the window. This article explains how to burn an ISO file to a DVD, CD, or BD in Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7.
It also includes information on burning an IOS file in older versions of Windows. After you download an ISO file, you need to burn it to a disc (or a USB drive). The process is different from copying a file to a disc.
However, Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 include a built-in ISO burner tool that makes this easy. This process works for DVDs, CDs or BDs. Make sure there's a blank disc in your disc drive. As long as your optical drive supports it, this disc can be a blank DVD, CD, or BD.
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Use the smallest sized disc as you can because a disc burned with an ISO file isn't often usable for other purposes.
For example, if the ISO file you're using is only 125 MB, don't use a DVD or BD if you have a less expensive empty CD available.
See this Overview of Optical Storage Types for more information on how much data certain kinds of discs can hold.
Right-click or tap-and-hold the ISO file and then choose Burn disc image to open the Windows Disc Image Burner window. If you're using Windows 7, you can just double-click the ISO file.
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Double-clicking or double-tapping an ISO in Windows 11, 10, or 8 will mount the file as a virtual disc.
- Pick the correct CD, DVD, or BD burner from the Disc burner: drop down menu.
- Although not always, there's usually only one option available: the "D:" drive. Select Burn to burn the ISO image to the disc.
- The amount of time it takes to burn an ISO file depends both on the size of the ISO file and the speed of your disc burner, so it could take anywhere from several seconds, to several minutes, to complete.