New PCs typically come with some sort of disk burning software. However, it's normally a lightly featured trial version that's bundled with a larger product. Many of my clients don't even realize they have disk burning software. On top of that, software suites like Roxio will often install many separate components. I have cleaned up many PCs that have had up to 9 different Roxio components installed - NINE! Disk burning software doesn't need to take up that much hard drive space. It also doesn't need to add 7, 8, or 9 different entries to your Add/Remove programs list. Finally, it doesn't have to cost $69+.
One of my favorite Windows programs is CDBurnerXP. Don't let the name fool you, it's not just for Windows XP. I've got it installed on my Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. It works great on every Windows platform I've tried it on. One awesome selling point is the programs small footprint. The install file is 5 MB. Installed, the program takes up about 17.5 MB. With the move to SSD drives, a small footprint becomes very important. The most affordable SSD drives are not very large, so drive space is normally at a premium.
It's important to note that some free programs (like those from Adobe) ship with less than desirable software like toolbars or bogus search engines. CDBurnerXP currently comes with no such nonsense.
So, what can you do with CDBurnerXP?
You can burn any data onto just about any type of disk out there. That includes Blue Ray, HD-DVD, and dual layer DVDs. One of the features that I find myself using a lot is burning ISO images to CD and DVD. CDBurnerXP handles the task without skipping a beat. It verifies written data automatically after the burning process. CDBurnerXP even has LightScribe integration. What more could you ask for from a program that works and is free? The program has more features that what I've mentioned. Check out their official features page here.
It's worth noting that in the 5+ years that I've been using CDBurnerXP, I've never made a bad disk. I've used the program for archiving photos and documents. I've used it for burning virus removal DVDS. I've used it to burn installation disks for Ubuntu from ISO files. It's made perfect, error free disks every every time I've used it.
CDBurnerXP is a no-brainer for anyone with a Windows PC. It has a great feature set, it's very easy to use and the price is impossible to beat. It's free for individuals. It's free for companies. Free your computer from crappy disk burning software - give CDBurnerXP a try.
Here is their home page: http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home
*Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with CDBurnerXP*