A few years beck, Nero and other similar applications were very popular with Windows XP users one of the reasons being that Windows XP does not handle ISO images. Windows XP had one simple inbuilt CD/DVD burner that could only burn files and folder into blank media. With Windows 7, Microsoft added an ISO burner capable of burning any type ISO file directly to CD/DVD without installing any third party application. The latest OS from Microsoft, Windows 8 can burn and mount ISO files to CD/DVD media. In Windows 8, you can mount any ISO image into a drive and check its contents. But only burning an opening is insufficient to work with ISO files; on many occasions we need to create, extract, backup and convert ISO files too.
We have the ultimate solution in the form of ISO Workshop, a fast and reliable freeware tool to work with ISO images in Windows 7 and 8. It is specifically designed to facilitate disc image management, conversion and burning operations. I chose to review this program because it is a robust solution with a simple user interface. You can use it to make ISO images, extract specific files and folders from disc images, create disc backups by copying disc contents to an ISO or BIN image file, convert different disc image files into the ISO or BIN format and, of course, burn ISO and CUE images to blank discs.
If you search on the internet, you will get hundreds of similar freeware and paid applications but ISO Workshop is different from them because of its simplicity and features. Even if you haven’t worked with ISO images previously you can still use this application to start working with ISO images for the first time.
When you start this application, ISO Workshop shows you all the available options or tasks to be more specific. If you are a newbie then you would probably like to create an ISO file first. For this, you can click on the Make option. In the next step, drag & drop the files/folders that you want to add in your ISO file and click on the Make button to create said ISO file.
To burn an existing ISO image, head over to the main interface of ISO Workshop and click on the Burn option. Now locate the source image (ISO) file and select the destination drive (CD/DVD Writer) and click on the Burn button. With re-writable CD/DVD’s you can use the Erase option to erase all the available data on the disc and then Burn your own ISO image. Eject disc after burn option automatically ejects the burned disk so that it is ready to go.
- Make standard and bootable ISO images
- Extract files and folders from disc image
- Copy disc to disc image (including Audio CD)
- Convert disc image to ISO or BIN format
- Burn ISO or CUE/BIN image to disc
- Supports common formats (ISO, CUE, BIN, NRG, MDF, CDI etc.)
- Supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R DL, BD-R/RE
- Supports verification of written files
- Supports all types of CD/DVD/BD Recorders
- Super easy-to-use user interface
- Small installation file size
- Very low CPU resource usage
- Free for personal and commercial use
- Supports Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8 (32 and 64 bit)
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