PowerISO

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 360 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.1
  • Total Downloads:
    20,951,812
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 23, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (300MB-ISO files trial); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10,453
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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To create ISO files to burn in Windows, you need a third-party tool like PowerISO. PowerISO boasts single-click ISO extraction, Blu-ray compatibility, and the ability to edit ISO files directly. It also rips and burns audio CDs, compresses files, creates bootable USB drives, and more.

Pros

Windows integration: PowerISO's setup options include file associations, autostart on boot, shell menu integration, and the ability to create up to 23 virtual drives. Changes require a reboot.

No-nonsense layout: PowerISO's user interface isn't flashy, but it's efficient, well rendered, and perfectly suited for the job.

Virtual drive manager: Right-clicking the Virtual Drive Manager in the system tray let us quickly unpack and mount ZIP, RAR, 7Z, and ISO files; set the number of virtual drives; open PowerISO; view Help; and more.

Reliable: If you've ever turned blank discs into drink coasters with a bad ISO file or inadequate burning software, a premium tool like PowerISO can help earn its keep with fewer failures.

Cons

Costs money: PowerISO isn't expensive for premium software, but plenty of free tools do a perfectly good job, too.

Bottom Line

PowerISO is definitely a top choice for creating and burning ISO files in Windows. You get what you pay for in performance, reliability, and extras, but whether PowerISO is for you might depend on how often you create ISO files and burn discs. If you only burn a disc now and then, you might want to try a free tool first. For "frequent fryers," PowerISO might be a bargain.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PowerISO 6.0. The trial version has limited functionality.

 
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1 stars

"Made an account just to warn people"

January 16, 2015  |  By spiderobert

 |  Version: PowerISO 6.1

Pros

It burns dmg images.

Cons

THIS PROGRAM IS A CON ...
DO NOT INSTALL THIS:
it offers you two PUPs to begin with, which is ok, but even if you decline those it still goes ahead and installs malware that changes your search engine, new tab page, and homepage. It also makes it very difficult to change those back. the malware also doesn't come off when you uninstall this program

Summary

AVOID AVOID AVOID.

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1 stars

"Sneaks in 3rd party software"

January 09, 2015  |  By mikejdb

 |  Version: PowerISO 6.1

Pros

PowerISO is a great program.

Cons

It comes bundled with some 3rd party software that you can NOT decline to install!!!
I unchecked ALL the boxes in the advanced section to make sure that the 3rd party stuff didn't install and it still did.

This is SUPER shady!

The 3rd party stuff hijacks many Firefox (And probably all other web browser) functions:

1) Changes your home page
2) Changes your search page
3) Changes the page that shows up when you open a New Tab.

Summary

I sadly strongly suggest NOT installing this software!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT is super super evil/shady etc when a company has this kind of business practices.

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4 stars

"Still a great program - when registered"

December 27, 2014  |  By bill15129

 |  Version: PowerISO 6.1

Pros

Create custom ISO/DMG files for CD/DVD/Blu-ray
Make USB drives from ISO/disk
Make bootable USB drives
Perpetual license

Cons

Unregistered "public" version is packaged with "offer" code that is suspect

Summary

Some of the functions of PowerISO (which used to make it indispensable) are now built into Windows 8 and later. However, PowerISO is much easier to use (for all but mounting a simple ISO) and offers conversion and virtual drive options that are unique and more flexible.

There has been much made of PowerISO containing malware, and some anti-virus programs flag the download or the website as suspect. However, registered users may request from support what PowerISO calls their "pure" version which does not contain any of the "offer" code that has been at issue. I confirmed this by installing using TotalUninstall and reviewing all file and registry settings made. It is indeed clean.

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1 stars

"MALWARE + ARTEMIS TROJAN"

December 22, 2014  |  By volleyballjerry

 |  Version: PowerISO 6.1

Pros

Absolutely none!

Cons

Fortunately McAfee caught this during download. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit version have the problem. Unfortunately I was STUPID by paying 29.99 for the license BEFORE downloading. This company is illegitimate. I do not expect to get a refund (but I will try anyway).

Summary

Do not buy PowerISO under any conditions! I thank God that McAfee caught this problem during the download. And I certainly agree with the other poster who wanted PowerISO to go bankrupt. Me too.

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4 stars

"Software seems good but getting it is confusing"

December 13, 2014  |  By alanfujinami

 |  Version: PowerISO 6.1

Pros

free... relatively easy to use...

Cons

Controlling the outcome, i.e. audio cd versus data cd is convoluted... and the download site has everything that looks like an imgburn download but is some third party junk... and even when installing imgburn, it wants to install a bunch of junk that you don't want

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.1
  • Support editing ISO file of Windows 7/8/8.1/10 with EFI boot record.
  • Improve dmg and nrg file support.
  • Some minor bug fixes and enhancements.
General
Publisher PowerISO Computing
Publisher web site http://www.poweriso.com
Release Date October 23, 2014
Date Added October 23, 2014
Version 6.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory CD Burners
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 98, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.41MB
File Name PowerISO6-cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 20,951,812
Downloads Last Week 10,453
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 300MB-ISO files trial
Price $29.95

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