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Review: Active ISO Burner 2.0

Sometimes a task is best accomplished by an application that is designed solely for that purpose. For the simple task of burning an ISO image to optical media, there are few applications as simple to use as Active ISO Burner 2.0.

Sometimes a task is best accomplished by an application that is designed solely for that purpose. For the simple task of burning an ISO image to optical media, there are few applications as simple to use, and as efficient, as Active ISO Burner 2.0.


  • Operating systems: Windows 95/98/ME, NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
  • Supported formats: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R DL (Dual Layer), DVD-RW and DVD+RW (including double layer, DL), Blu-Ray
  • Supported transport options: SPTI, SPTD, ASPI
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Who is it for?

Active ISO Burner 2.0 is designed for anyone looking to burn ISO images to optical media without the extra bells and whistles often found in competing products.

What problem does it solve?

The Active ISO Burner 2.0 application burns ISO images for all formats with a simple user interface that takes up little resources in terms of memory or hard disk space. The unobtrusive small footprint is directly tied to the single-purpose nature of the application.


  • Formats: Active ISO Burner 2.0 can handle any of the common media formats including the newest Blu-Ray disks.
  • Simple user interface: The application features a single primary dialog page, with a supplemental advanced page that most users will never have to deal with.
  • Transport options: The three included transport protocols expand the compatibility of the software to include every Windows operating system version since Windows 95.
  • Freeware: Active ISO Burner 2.0 is free for distribution and commercial use

What's wrong?

The characteristics that make Active ISO Burner 2.0 appealing is also the characteristics that can cause problems. If you need more features in your ISO burning application, then this is not what you are looking for. If your needs change and more advanced features are required, Active ISO Burner 2.0 will not scale to meet those requirements.

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Bottom line for business

For businesses looking to provide users with a simple yet effective and efficient ISO burning application, Active ISO Burner 2.0 fills the bill with a solid piece of software that is easy to use, resource saving, and effective.

User rating

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.


Both are tiny, no fuss apps that just work.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What is your favorite ISO burning software? Tell us about it.


You can't forget Infra Recorder. It's free, open source and doesn't need to be installed to run. Plus it has quite a few more options than just image burning.


This is actually my prefered software for burning dvds and cds. It's nero-like, but free, and it burns most iso formats like a dream. Contrary to what the name seems to state, this works just fine on Vista and Windows 7. If you're looking for simple and sleek, this might not be the application for you, but if you're looking for a fully featured free piece of CD/DVD burning software this could be for you. It can be found at


I like imgburn because it not only burns ISO's, it does a great job with burning a audio cd's and just putting a bunch of files on a CD or DVD.


I've been looking for a burner that works with Vista, and this is the first one that a CD copy (acutally a DVD) worked. Now I can back up all my software!


If all you need to do is burn iso files, period, then AIB 2.0 should be more than enough. But for a full-featured piece of burning software that's also free, you can't get much better than CDBurnerXP. I use it on my XP and Vista machines day-in, day-out for data backup, copying, and iso-burning.

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