CDBurnerXP – A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs [Windows]

Tina Sieber 16-01-2013

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To burn data, videos or audio files to optical discs, create bootable media, copy discs, and back up to ISO files and subsequently burn ISOs to a fresh disc, you need a versatile utility that masters all of these tasks. Enter CDBurnerXP, a free application to burn CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and HD-DVDs on essentially all relevant versions of Windows, including Windows 8. It’s one of the best tools for the job.

First Steps With CDBurnerXP

When you first launch CDBurnerXP, you can select a project from the start screen. If you are unsure or just want to have a look, pick data disc.

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Burn Data Or Audio Disc

When you want to burn a data or audio disc, the next screen will be a Windows Explorer like window, with the files on your computer on top and the files to be burned at the bottom. You can drag and drop files and folders to the disc. A bar at the bottom indicates how much space is left on your target disc.

The screenshot below shows preparations for a data disc. An audio disc will look slightly different. Note that when you sort the order of files in the audio disc, this will also affect the order in which they are burned to the disc.


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To burn your data or audio compilation, click one of the respective Burn buttons. Before the disc is being burnt, you can choose your burn options, such as burn speed, number of copies and what happens after the burning was completed.

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If you realize you picked the wrong type of project, click the red X in the top left to return to the start screen. If you don’t want to discard a selection you already made, you can save the current project and open it later.


Burn a Video DVD

To burn a Video DVD for use with your DVD Player, you will be guided through a different process. Under Burn Options, set a disc name and point CDBurnerXP to the location of the VIDEO_TS folder, i.e. the .vob, .ifo, or .bup file you want to burn. Also select the number of copies you need and don’t forget to double-check burn options. Finally, click the Burn disc or Save as ISO… button, depending on what your preference is. The software will double-check whether your files are valid and proceed burning if everything looks alright.

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Burn an ISO Image

You are taken through a similar procedure if you want to burn an ISO image. First you need to select the ISO image to burn, choose the burn speed and method, double-check burn options, and click the button to burn the disc.

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Copy Disc

You can copy a disc directly from one disc to another. If you only have one player, you can make a copy to your hard disk. CDBurnerXP supports saving to ISO or MDS files.

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Print Covers

Maybe you wondered about the printer logo that appears in the Windows Explorer like window when burning a data or audio disc. CDBurnerXP can also print covers for a standard CD case, slim CD case, DVD case, and mini CD case, given you have images available.

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Settings & Options

Finally, a word about custom settings and options. CDBurnerXP supports a long list of languages and you can change the program language under Options. Here you can also select a custom folder for temporary data, enable or disable different event messages, and set a range of miscellaneous settings for data and audio discs.

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CDBurnerXP is an easy to use and comprehensive tool. While the data selection window for audio and data discs does look a bit cluttered with buttons, it is intuitive to use, as are the rest of the program’s features. CDBurnerXP is one of our Best Optical & Disc Image Tools for Windows The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More .

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  1. Friend in Need
    June 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The best burning software in this world.....

  2. Friend in Need
    June 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The best burning software. Mainly the accurate timing given, the speed, the features, i love it. Way much better than Nero......

  3. Dennis Samuel Primm
    November 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    At least it used to. I haven't looked at it lately, but it used to do disk spanning.

  4. Dennis Samuel Primm
    November 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    You didn't mention one of the features that I like about this program and that is "Disk Spanning". If it won't fit on one disk it will continue to burn it on two disks. Amazing!!!

  5. SaapeXD MoHods
    January 30, 2013 at 3:09 am

    But I would like a new recent update of the program! I am pretty sure the developers are working on it! :D

  6. Andreas Beer
    January 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Cd Burner? XP? How about a great tool for low level formatting Floppy Discs on Atari 1040 STF? I think it's time for me to move on, without makeusof. Happy New Millennium to you ;)

    • Tina
      January 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm


      As stated in the second paragraph of this article, CDBurnerXP actually supports all recent versions of Windows, including Windows 8. And as the comments above indicate, it's a good piece of software.

  7. richard solis
    January 18, 2013 at 2:38 am

    It is a great piece of software. It is totally free. Let's you take your text from material burned and placed on the label. It is sad that Roxio and even Nero used to make this area before. It is also real simple. There is no need to look for a Dummies guide for this program or a follow-up Make Use Of Cheat List. Enjoy.

  8. Scott Macmillan
    January 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

    One of the best burners available and so easy to use.I have nero but use this the most.

  9. Utpal Deb
    January 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Does this software support multiple burning sessions on the same disc ?

    • Doc
      January 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, it does.

    • Dustin Smith
      January 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm


  10. Dustin Smith
    January 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I have just recently had trouble burning MP3's to CD-R's that would not play in my car. This program did it without any issues. Way to easy to use. All you do is select audio CD then drag and drop your playlist and you are ready to go!

  11. vineed gangadharan
    January 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    great tool for dvd burning

  12. susendeep dutta
    January 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

    ImgBurn is best as it doesn't requires .net framework to run as the CDBurnerXP do.

    • Doc
      January 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Seeing as .Net Framework is installed on just about every Windows version (XP and up), I don't see that as a downside.

  13. Dieter Verbeken
    January 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

    excellent program. One of the first program's i install when setting up a new pc. I have been using it for years and the clean and simple interface makes it easy to understand, even for novice users...

  14. Garey Boone
    January 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I mainly use this software but sometimes for some silly reason the gui gets to me because it feels a little dated so for a change of pace I will crank open my StarBurn suite which is also free and pretty much matches CDBurnerXP feature for feature for more on StarBurn check out the added link at the bottom of the page is the link to download the free suite.

  15. Gideon Waxfarb
    January 17, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I was a happy user of this app, until I got my new PC about a year ago, and it just couldn't see my DVD burner for some reason. Thinking it was just the drive that it didn't like, I replaced it, and it still didn't work. So I installed InfraRecorder, and that worked just fine. I'm still not sure why it doesn't like my new machine - perhaps the chipset I'm using, or something. In the meantime, I've gotten used to Infrarecorder. Although I don't like it quite as much as CDBurnerXP, it does the job :)

    • Tina Sieber
      January 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm


      I realize that you have shifted to InfraredRecorder and are comfortable with it now. But I'm curious whether you checked CDBurnerXP's troubleshooting section for advice? And if that didn't help, did you report the issue?

  16. Rajaa Chowdhury
    January 17, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I have been using this software for years now, and I simply love it. It is a hassle free simple neat program. It is the only CD/DVD/ISO burning software I have installed on my PC and it does it's job exceedingly good.