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If you have CD or DVD backups in the ISO file format that you need to burn to disc, it’s easy to do it in Windows 10. We’ll show you how.

What is an ISO file?

In simple terms, an ISO is a file that contains an exact copy of the entire contents of an optical disc. When you burn an ISO file to a blank disc, the new disc will have all the properties of the original. This includes files, folders, and programs contained on the original disc.

also can mount an ISO file on your current operating system if you want to use it as a virtual CD or DVD at some point, and you can create backup copies of your own discs creating an ISO file from them .

How to burn an ISO image to a blank disc

To burn your ISO file to a blank CD-R or DVD-R, first insert the disc into your CD-R or DVD-R burner drive. Then open the folder that contains your ISO file in Windows File Explorer. Our sample ISO file is called “Windows”, but yours is likely different.

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Open your folder to find your desired ISO file.  Ours is called

Right-click on the file and select “Burn Disc Image” from the menu that appears.

Right click on the file.  In the drop-down menu, select

In the Windows Disc Image Burner window, select your disc’s burning drive.

In the Windows Disc Image Burner window, choose a DVD R drive and click

If you want to be more sure that the disc will burn correctly, check “Check disc after burning”. This will perform a check for verify that the content of your disc match the ISO exactly once it is recorded.

Before burning the disc, click

Then select “Burn”. This will start burning the ISO file to the disc of your choice.

After inserting a recordable disc, click

Burning times can vary, so you may want to have a drink and come back later. You can always work on something else while the disc is burning. As the disc burns, you will see a progress bar showing your overall progress.

As the disc burns, the status bar slowly turns green to indicate the status of the recording.

When the disc is finished burning, the bar will be full, and if you checked “Verify” earlier, the system will verify the disc.

When everything is done, the status bar will turn completely green and the status will show “Disc image has been successfully burned to disc.” Click “Close”.

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When the disk is finished, the status bar will turn completely green and the status will show

If you want to check the disc yourself, open File Explorer and open your optical disc drive. If the disk is written in a file system that Windows can read (and not a Linux format, for example), the individual files that made up the initial ISO image will be present here and ready to use.

If the ISO comes from a CD or DVD in your collection, the files will reflect it and it will behave like the original. If it is from an ISO operating system, you can use it as an installation or rescue disc.

After opening the disc, you can verify that it contains all the files in the ISO image.

And that is! Eject your newly recorded disc and enjoy. If you need to burn other files to CD-R or DVD-R in Windows 10, there are also ways to do it . Good luck!

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