Nero, a well know software for burning CD/DVD and Bluray disks, has been in this market for quite long and so the reason of being #1 user choice for burning disk media. Even though there are many freeware software providing a similar feature, yet Nero still holds the huge user base. The only downside of Nero being paid software, it is a very expensive piece of tool, and most wouldn’t be able to afford it, which leads to piracy of Nero software.
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To overcome this issue and also offer a solution to users, Nero has smartly released a stripped down version of Nero burning software, named as Nero StartSmart Essentials. As the name suggests, it offers just required the feature, i.e burning a CD/DVD, for more features, users are required to upgrade paid version of Nero Essentials.
The Nero 9 has built-in product key/serial key and you can view that when you are performing the installation. You do not require to purchase key additionally to use the Nero 9 Essentials.
Nero 9 StartSmart Features
Data Burning on CD/DVD
Rip & Burn, Create, Edit options are only available in Upgrade. If you only want to burn CD and DVDs, then Nero 9 Free is best available software tool for you. Even though the Nero 9 specification page only suggests supported operating system as Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, but it still works flawlessly on Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10.
The Nero 9 free is about 55Mb in size and can be do.w.n.lo.aded using the link provided at the end of this article. Follow the screenshots provided for the complete installation procedure.
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Do keep a note of Nero 9 free attempts to install the AskMe toolbar, just uncheck the checkbox if you do not want to install or use it.
download Nero 9 Free.
If you want to uninstall and remove Nero then check the Nero CleanTool.
Below is list of CD/DVD burning software tools worth knowing, in case Nero 9 Free lacks the features you are looking for.
Nero CD Burning ROM Alternatives
CDBurnerXP – best freeware tool available on the internet after Nero for burning not just CD and DVDs, but also Blu-ray and HD-DVDs. The tool also offers features such as create or burn ISOs images files. CDBurnerXP also available in multiple languages and is constantly updated with new features.
Easy Disc Burner – One more freeware software supports wide range of media types. The simple to use interface makes the Easy Disc Burner good alternative for Nero 9 free burning tool. Just like CDBurnerXP, Easy Disc Burner is available in multiple languages.