An ISO image is a file in which a CD/DVD disc image is saved. You can use it to burn the data exactly it was on the originating CD/DVD. You can also use some virtual CD/DVD tools like Daemon Tools to load it straight in Windows. It is very common for the Linux community to distribute Linux software in form CD and DVD ISO images.
Windows 7 has native support for the ISO images. If you are using Windows Vista, you can also install a small third party software to add the same functionality. Here is how you can burn an ISO image to a blank CD or DVD media in Windows Vista :
- Download ISO Recorder from http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/W7.htm. It is available is in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Choose the right one for your Windows. After the installation, you are ready to use it.
- Insert an appropriate blank media in the CD/DVD drive. If the ISO file size more than 700MB then insert a blank DVD. If the ISO file size is less than or equal to 700MB, then you can use a blank CD. Please note that some blank CD can contain slightly more than 700MB of data.
- Discard any AutoPlay dialog that popups.
- Double click on the ISO image file. You would see a window of ISO Recorder. Click on the Next button to continue.
- You will see that burning process has started,
- After the burning process is finished, ISO Recorder will eject the disk. Click on the Finish button.