Sunday, March 7, 2010

Windows 7 - Native Support for ISO/IMG Disc Image Burning

An ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is basically a single (usually large) file with an ".iso" extension that represents the entire contents of a CD or DVD, and is a format often used to distribute large programs over the internet.

The most important feature of an ISO image is that it can be easily rendered or burned to a DVD or CD by using a media authoring or disc burning software. It can also be opened using archival applications such as 7-Zip file manager or the WinRAR shareware archiver. ISO burning is now typically a native feature of modern home and business computer operating systems.

In Windows 7, the new native support for ISO image burning addresses something that’s been on the wish list of many Windows users for a long time (before Windows 7, you have to download a third-party software in order to burn an ISO image to a CD or DVD).
 
To access this feature, double-click on the ".iso" file and a "Windows Disc Image Burner" dialog box will appear.
 

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