Nero is not only a commercial software, it’s also a bloatware. I have a Nero 7 OEM CD, but after I tried the free CD/DVD burner, I uninstalled Nero. The free ones are more compact, ease to use, powerful than Nero, I can’t wait to show you these free Nero alternatives!
1 ) CDRTFE
CDRTFE is a free, open source, and lightweight DVD burning software, you’ll have the ability to burn CD/DVD data discs, Audio CDs, Video CDs, Video DVDs with this all-in-one dvd burner freeware.
2 ) InfraRecorder
It’s another effective and lightweight CD/DVD burner software, it has a Windows Explorer like interface, so it’s very easy to operate. You can easily burn data disc/audio disc/video disc with it, and it supports recording to dual-layer DVD discs.
3 ) Ashampoo
If you are looking for a free alternative to nero, you should be trying out Ashampoo Burning Studio Free, which can burn a CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc or a video DVD, create an audio CD or MP3 CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc, in a friendly user interface, it’s easy to use, no degree needed, absolutely free, effective, lightweight, and is compatible with both Windows XP and Windows 7. You are able to burn your first DVD disc in less than 10 minutes including set up time with it even if you have zero tech knowledge.
4 ) CDBurnerXP
Nowadays we often use USB flash disk to replace CD/DVD discs, but sometimes CD/DVD discs is a better choice, it’s cheaper than USB flash disk, and it’s not writable, it’s not wise to do incremental backup with CD/DVD discs, but we will not be afraid of virus if we save the data to a CD/DVD disc. CDBurnerXP is a lightweight and easy-to-use CD/DVD burning software, you could use it to replace Nero.
5 ) ImgBurn
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
6 ) BurnAware Free
BurnAware Free is one of the most popular free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software available for Windows. Using this program you can easily create and burn Audio and MP3 CD, Data and DVD-Video disc, ISO and Cue Image, erase or format rewritable disc, copy your CD or DVD to ISO image.
7 ) DeepBurner
DeepBurner comes loaded with an extensive list of practical and amazingly valuable features that will totally satisfy your burning needs. These start from compiling your CDs and DVDs in different formats and ending with the creation of fascinating photo albums and rock solid, reliable backups.
8 ) 3nity CD/DVD Burner
Nero is the giant in hundreds of CD/DVD burning softwares, but if you prefer freeware, then you should give 3nity CD/DVD Burner a try, it is a powerful yet lightweight freeware, its size is only 11M, and support both windows xp and windows 7.