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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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    3.8 stars

    out of 282 votes

    • 5 star: 129
    • 4 star: 77
    • 3 star: 19
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 44
  • Current version:

    2.2 stars

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    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Once Great Software Fallen to Malware"

    April 8, 2014  |   By i_jii_j

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Once upon a time worked magically and was really easy to use.

    Cons

    Don't get anywhere near this beast. Avoid at all costs. Installs unremovable Malware called Conduit. There is supposedly an option to disable the malware during installation. Do not attempt. It is not worth the risk.

    Summary

    Used it several years ago. It worked amazingly well.

    Reinstalled it on a computer with a fresh Windows installation. Ended up getting infected with terrible malware. I know computers, but nothing I did could get rid of IMGBurn's hostile payload. Ended up having to waste time to do another fresh install.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installer loaded with malware! Be Careful!"

    March 24, 2014  |   By Calvin1716

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    The actual ImgBurn seems to work well.

    Cons

    The installer is sneaky - avoid the 'EXPRESS' install! It will install malware taking over various aspects of your web browser. You have to go through many option pages, tempting you to quickly click "Continue", but be careful!

    Summary

    Too bad they turned a great little app into a horrible experience. I understand the developers need to make money, but there are more honest ways to do it. Shame on them.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely Loaded with Malware"

    March 24, 2014  |   By jamesacarter

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    The program itself still works ok.

    Cons

    The installer is loaded with malware. It's one thing to install some internet toolbar, but this installs a lot of destructive programs. Having to find the hidden check box to confirm that you don't want malware on every screen is ridiculous, and no software should ever come with virus ridden extras. When you do go through all of the checks, and it installs all the junk anyway that's unacceptable.

    Summary

    If you're going to install it be very careful, and click into every custom install button. As others have said, it may just ignore your choices, and install all of the malware anyway.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Beware the installer."

    February 24, 2014  |   By Sam__I__am

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    The program.

    It's very easy to use, and it did exactly what I needed it to do.(create an ISO from files on disk)

    Cons

    The installer. It comes bundled with extra programs, presumably malware.

    This malware is optional, but it's enabled by default, and the option is presented to you in such a way that it encourages you to just click through and install it.

    DO NOT CLICK EXPRESS INSTALL. DO NOT USE THE RECOMMENDED SETTINGS

    In order not to get the malware, you have to click Custom install, and un-check the box

    YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THIS MULTIPLE TIMES.

    Read every single word in the installer, especially the fine print. You want to be absolutely certain that the installer is doing exactly what you expect it to do.

    Summary

    Even though the program itself fulfilled my requirements, I just can't bring myself to highly indorse a program that comes packaged with shady software which is enabled by default.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A classic in its own right! Jesus Christ#!!"

    February 21, 2014  |   By fujitsulover

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    FREE and it works

    Cons

    In its own category it is supreme

    Summary

    I have been using this humble software for maybe 2 or 3 years, which is a pretty short time, and it has kept all my files intact so far! The only feature I do not use is pretty much a lot of it because it is so complete. However, I always fall back on it for important tasks. I just received the paid competitor as a gift and I really like the fact that you can add to the boot image easily. The competitor is WinISO. However, both are in my highly rated collection. I would NOT trade or sell any of it for the world. As many softwares out there do the same thing, I am just used to imgburn which is tried and true. Besides, you cannot beat free!!!!!!!!!! If I had to choose between the paid for WinISO or imgburn, I have to be honest and say I have used imgburn for so long that I have come to trust and rely on it. I just wish I knew how to add files and make the image bootable. That is why I enjoy WinISO. WinISO makes adding files to a bootable disc a breeze. Just speaking of myself, I am stupid and do not know anything#!!hehe So I need all the help I can get from both imgburn and WinISO. Thank you all as my one family member would say

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much Better than WMP..., and Not malware!"

    February 18, 2014  |   By scottls59901

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Copies the complete audio CD, unlike WMP (Highest 192 recording option, but still lops off 25%).

    I can save the full original CD image to my slave HD, for later use...

    Easy to Verify after burn (1min...).

    Cons

    I was careful to opt-out during Custom installation, but still installed Eye Candy advertising (PUP, but not malware(Virus Total, and 3 top-rated AV scans))!?
    Had to run "Full" MBAM scan to delete PUPs (temp disable your active AV until Restart)! Grrr :o(

    The author inserts silly/un-needed narrative, but it's freeware (poetic license).

    Summary

    A little slower, but I get 100% of original (Lots of coasters With WMP, and CD BurnerXP).

    There is a learning curve!-
    Manually eject CD, then Mode back to Selection Page..., for next process...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs malware"

    February 15, 2014  |   By Lastnostromo

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    none.....................

    Cons

    Installs PUPs that install malware

    Summary

    garbage

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  • 1.0 stars

    "useless to me"

    February 13, 2014  |   By batvette

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    none that I could find

    Cons

    despite simple interface, can't figure out how to simply burn some photo files to a disc.

    Summary

    So I had no problem navigating my way through the crapware they try to put in the install(c'mon people it's right there in front of you how can you miss it?) but this is just a useless program. Couldn't figure out how to just burn some photos onto a disc to play on a slideshow. Lousy interface would look dated back in windows 95 days. Waste of time.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works fine-pay attention during install"

    February 11, 2014  |   By moonwatcher99

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Program works great, does what I tell it to, and is fairly simple. Requires no special knowledge to use.

    Cons

    None so far. Install process requires a couple of extra button pushes.

    Summary

    Everybody saying this program is loaded with malware obviously didn't pay attention to their screens during install. I managed to install this with zero add ons. The new norm for install options is, instead of selecting standard install (or express, or whatever it calls it) you have to select custom, then uncheck the boxes to avoid the extra programs. I think the first screen lets you opt out without changing the install option, but the second definitely requires you to select custom install. That's all. No big deal, just requires paying a bit of attention, instead of mindlessly hitting next. I've already used the program several times, and it gave me no trouble. I also have no new add ons on my browser or desktop.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT INSTALL-- MALWARE"

    February 3, 2014  |   By Paullco

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    I usually trust software from CNET but you have lied to me. This program is UNSAFE and has one of those programs that Changes settings.

    Cons

    This program Changes your HOMEPAGE and causes POP-UPS. Hard to get RID OF and people that write these programs have a special place in HELL. Changed HOMEPAGE and caused REGISTRY errors. CNET....I have lost ALL trust in you...... I thought more of this site.

    Summary

    This program Changes your HOMEPAGE and causes POP-UPS. Hard to get RID OF and people that write these programs have a special place in HELL. Changed HOMEPAGE and caused REGISTRY errors. CNET....I have lost ALL trust in you...... I thought more of this site.

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