How To Burn An ISO Image to Disc from Command Prompt in Windows

Windows allows you to burn an ISO file to a disc without any 3rd party tools since Windows 7. All you need to do is to right-click the ISO file and choose Burn disc image to start the process.

Windows 10 - burn ISO image

The Windows Disc Image Burner opens up. Insert a blank disc if you haven’t done so, and click Burn button. And done.

Windows disc image burner

The process is simple and fluent. Thanks to this built-in tool called Windows Disc Image Burner. Even though it’s a GUI-based tool, it can be run as a command line in a Command Prompt window. Running isoburn from the Run dialog box shows you the detailed usage of the tool.

isoburn help file

The /Q switch, which is optional and states for quiet, tells the tool to just start burning immediately without the confirmation.

The only required parameter in the command line is to provide the path and filename of the ISO image file. So, to immediately burn an ISO file named windows8.iso in d:\images folder to disc drive E:, run the following command in the command prompt window.

isoburn /q e: d:\images\windows8.iso

Make sure you have the blank disc in the E: drive and ISO file ready in the specified folder before executing the command.

That’s about it. Enjoy burning.

The trick described above works in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 04/28/2016

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