How to Burn an ISO Image Using Power2go

CyberLink Power2Go can burn data to CDs or DVDs, as well as create bootable discs that you can use to install operating systems. You can burn an ISO as a file on the disc -- for backup purposes, for example -- or burn its contents and create a bootable disc. Power2Go supports the ISO format and can open such files directly from File Explorer in Windows 7 or 8.1.

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You can burn several copies of the same ISO image.
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Store the ISO as a File on the Disc

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Launch Power2Go and click Continue if you have the trial version of the software. The core features of the program -- including making bootable discs -- are available in the trial version.

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To purchase the premium version of Power2Go, select Upgrade Now.
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Select the appropriate option.
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Select the Data Disc tab and then click CD or DVD, depending on the type of disc you want to burn. ISO files used to install modern operating systems -- Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 -- are too large for a CD.

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The ISO is stored on the disc as a file if you create a data disc; this option does not create a bootable CD or DVD.

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To remove files, select them on the disc and click the icon that looks like a document with a minus sign over it.
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Select the folder that contains the files you want to burn to the disc from the left pane and then drag the files to the bottom pane. Alternatively, select the files and click the icon that looks like a document with a plus sign on it to add them to the compilation.

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Rename your disc.
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Right-click the name of the disc and select Rename from the context menu if you want to give the disc a more meaningful name. Type a new name and press Enter.

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Alternatively, press Ctrl-R to open the Settings and Information window.
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Click Burning and select Burn Disc to display the Settings and Information window.

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If you have a rewritable disk and want to erase it, select the Erase Disc option. If the disc contains data that you want to copy to another disc, select Copy Disc.

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To close the Settings and Information window, click Cancel.
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Change the burn options if necessary and then click the Burn button to start burning data to the disc. The process may take a few minutes for DVDs.

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To make the disc automatically launch a file after you insert it into the optical drive, check the Make Auto-run Disc box and then select the file by clicking Browse.

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You can change the icon of the disc by checking the Change Disc Icon box and then selecting an ICO file on the disc.

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If your data is larger than the capacity of the disc, check the Auto-split Content By Disc Capacity box. Power2Go prompts you to insert additional discs as it writes the data.

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Close the disc by enabling the Close Disc option. You can't burn other sessions onto a closed disc.

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The Verify Recorded Data compares the data on the disc with the original files and checks for errors. This option adds a few minutes to the burn process.

Create a Bootable Disc from the ISO

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Press Windows-X to display the Power User menu and select File Explorer to launch the utility in Windows 8.1. In Windows 7, expand the Start menu and click Computer.

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The Power User menu contains links to important parts of the OS.
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To mount the ISO image and view its contents in File Explorer, select Mount as a Virtual Drive.
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Open the folder that contains the ISO file, right-click the file and choose View Disc Image from the context menu to open the ISO in Power2Go. Click Continue if you use the trial version of the software.

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The contents of the ISO file are displayed in the right pane.
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Click the Burn To Disc button to display the Burn Disc Image dialog. The ISO file is already selected. The Burn to Disc option burns the contents of the ISO file, not the file itself, creating a bootable disc.

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Click Cancel if you no longer want to burn the disc.
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Select the write speed from the Write Speed box and enter the number of copies into the Number of Copies field. Power2Go prompts for additional discs until it burns all the copies.

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Check the Verify Recorded Data box to compare the data on the disc with the original files and search for errors. This process takes a few extra minutes after the burn is complete.

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Click the Burn button to burn the data to the disc. If no disc is inserted into the drive or if the disc is damaged, Power2Go prompts you to insert a CD or DVD.