ImgBurn

Download Editors' Rating:
4
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Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 293 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5.8
  • Total Downloads:
    2,084,869
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 17, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,270
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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If your PC has an optical disc burner like a DVD or Blu-Ray burner, you can create DVDs that you can play in your home entertainment system, boot discs that can help you start your PC when something goes wrong, and data discs that can safely store backups, archives, disk images and copies, and other data. However, to make all that easy, you need help in the form of a good disc-burning utility. ImgBurn from Lightning UK fits the bill. This lightweight freeware burns CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, depending of course on your system's capabilities: You'll need a Blu-Ray burner to burn Blu-Ray discs with ImgBurn, for example, just like with every other disc-burning tool. What ImgBurn does is simplify what can be a complicated, error-prone process.

ImgBurn's two-part interface displays controls and the program's log file in separate windows. The Log window is designed to stay open all the time when the program is working, and it displays important information about your tasks. Separating it from the main window makes it easier to place on the desktop. The main window hints at how easy ImgBurn is to use by listing its features with descriptive icons: Write image file to disc; Write files/folders to disc; Create image file from disc; Create image file from files/folders; Verify disc; and Discovery, which requires additional software and can verify the quality of your discs as you burn them. Since we had a DVD disc image left over from a holiday project, we started with that. Each feature opens a businesslike settings dialog. We inserted a blank DVD-R, and the program verified its size, capacity, and other parameters. ImgBurn offers Test Mode and Verify options as well as settings for Write Speed (including an automatic option) and number of copies. Advanced options include drive-specific settings with the ability to select your drive's OEM options. ImgBurn also offers an erase tool, drive controls, and tools for creating CUE, DVD, and MDS files.

Many other disc burners have left us cold, but ImgBurn lived up to its promise of easy burning without sacrificing flexibility.

 
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  • Current Version

    2.3

    out of 54 votes

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    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 29
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    out of 293 votes

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4 stars

"Works and it's free"

November 14, 2014  |  By dennphill

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

Works
Free
(Made me happy)

Cons

WATCH: for installs of adware-type programs and other stuff! (That's how they give it to you free.)
You gotta be a smart freeware-installer to not miss the crap they try to stuff on your PC.

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5 stars

"Excellent free burning software"

November 09, 2014  |  By Hobby_boy

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

ImgBurn is one of the best free CD/DVD burners that I have used for burning iso files to a disc.

The main pros are:
It is completely free
It is lightweight compared to other burners - the full installation is only 3MB in size.
Displays disc information for the inserted disc - like manufacturer, type, and size.
Supports both single and multi track discs - can read audio CDs into a bin/cue file which can be mounted with Daemon Tools or be burnt to another CD using ImgBurn.
Supports writing files to disc - You need to use the image builder first, then burn the generated iso file to the disc.

Cons

The only real con is that the installer contains opencandy, but it can easily be overcome by several methods, which are:
Installing unchecky - prevents opencandy offers coming up
Disconnecting from the internet - also prevents offers coming up
Running with /nocandy - disables opencandy during installation

You can also extract the imgburn files using 7-Zip into a folder, and it will still work fine.

Summary

Overall, ImgBurn is a solid burning program, and is really feature rich.

Also make sure to download it from the ImgBurn website, or using the Direct Download link on Cnet so you get the real installer.

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1 stars

"Installer triggers a virus warning"

October 09, 2014  |  By FunkyBrewster

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

Worked well in the past

Cons

The current installer trips an anti-virus warning (Trend Micro AV) and is deleted before I can even open it

Summary

I'm not taking chances with malware. I'll have to find another program to replace Imgburn.

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1 stars

"AntiVirus popped right up when I tried to install"

August 29, 2014  |  By cautionflag1956

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

none- Antivirus came on so I stopped the process

Cons

Must be something in there to trip my Antivirus. More chance than I want to take. I am disappointed CNET would not recheck the programs every now and then to see what is with them

Summary

I didn't want to risk it. My antivirus doesn't trigger very often but this did it. I'm not sure how the program works but trying to download it is a good way to check your antivirus

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1 stars

"couldn't install - INSTALL FILE INFECTED"

August 19, 2014  |  By i_hate_slackers

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

couldn't install, file was infected

Cons

the download install file was loaded with OPENCANDY and was detected and stopped by AVG Anti-Virus

Summary

I think this is a time for me to stop using download.cnet.com entirely

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5 stars

"Works great!"

June 08, 2014  |  By ITpsycho

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

Everything really, this program just works and is super easy to use, no cons whatsoever.

Cons

none at all

Summary

Works great! Does all it should with no problems

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3 stars

"Works well, beware the craplets and pusware"

May 16, 2014  |  By shadybuffalo

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

Does the job well

Cons

Infested with craplets and pusware (potentially unwanted software) After upgrading to latest version it took me over a week to find and remove all the browser hijackers and other junk that came with it.

Summary

I used to like this package, but after the latest version update with all the crap it comes with, I have removed it and paid for a professional package

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5 stars

"Hands down the best CD/DVD burning software for Windows"

April 30, 2014  |  By ALittleTechSavvy

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

Again,hands down the best CD/DVD burning software for Windows.

Several reviewers have complained about the extra crap that can be installed if you're not careful. TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO READ WHAT YOU ARE AGREEING TO. OMG people, use your brain.

This is excellent software and you just need to be smarter than the ones and zeros...

If you're not able to read what you are agreeing to would you kindly keep your bogus reviews to yourself?

I was surprised to see the excellent software I have been using for years was installing malware, that is until I ran the installer and realized how easy it was to click a few things and uncheck a few boxes. I was even prepared to run a virus scan after I installed it because it's such a good program.

I rely on Cnet for reviews and a safe place to download all my software, please, please, please use your brain and don't give bogus reviews just because you have the mental computational power of a gnat.

Cons

You have to be smart enough to select custom install a couple times and make sure you don't agree to something you don't want. TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO READ WHAT YOU ARE AGREEING TO. SMH.

The only real con to this program is that it has a spartan GUI that the average person might be intimidated by. But it's pretty simple actually, if you want to burn an .img you click the button that says "Write image file to disk" with the little icon for the .img file with an arrow pointing to the little CD/DVD icon, and so forth. Sigh.

Summary

I really hope this review will squash all the bogus bad reviews. I can't stress enough that you need to read what you are agreeing to and have an IQ larger than your shoe size, otherwise, keep it to yourself.

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1 stars

"this app loaded malware on my system"

April 29, 2014  |  By ReignMack

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

No Pros AVOID AT ALL COSTS

Cons

loaded some pretty nasty malware on my system as well as trying to get me to install some other software I didnt want

Summary

Loaded some realy nasty malware on my system CPU resources started running at 100% did some some tests and found that a load of malware had been installed along with imbBurn

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1 stars

"Loaded with Malware!!!"

April 23, 2014  |  By Scotsman418

 |  Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

Pros

None now None now None now None now None now

Cons

Load with Malware, changes your homepage to Yahoo!, Changes you IE icon to something resembles a Spy Glass and redirects you to another homepage on starting IE Explorer!

I WILL NEVER DOWNLOA THIS CRAP EVER AGAIN, and I've used this happily for years but NEVER again!

Summary

Totally Crap Program

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.5.8
Version 2.5.8 has added ability to make the Explorer pane in the DLE window 'Read Only'.
General
Publisher LIGHTNING UK
Publisher web site http://www.imgburn.com
Release Date June 16, 2013
Date Added June 17, 2013
Version 2.5.8
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory CD Burners
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.31MB
File Name SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,084,869
Downloads Last Week 8,270
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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