How to Burn a Bootable CD Using an Img File

by Elvis Michael
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An IMG file is a type of format used to store compressed data on your computer. A typical method to view the contents stored within the file is by burning it to a disc. As a result, the CD acts as a bootable media which allows all files to be accessed directly from it. As of Windows 7, Microsoft has implemented native image burning capabilities into its operating system.

Step 1

Insert a blank CD into your CD or DVD writer.

Step 2

Double-click the IMG file to launch it automatically with Windows Disc Image Burner. Otherwise, right-click the IMG file and select "Burn Disc Image."

Step 3

Click the "Disc Burner" drop-down menu and assign the optical disc drive containing the disc you wish to use.

Click "Burn" to effectively write the IMG file to disc. Press "Close" to exit the application once the procedure finishes the disc writing process.


  • The time it takes the disc burning procedure depends on the file's size, as well as your optical unit's writing speed.


  • Use the "Verify Disc After Burning" option to perform a disc integrity inspection, which analyzes whether the image burned successfully.


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About the Author

Elvis Michael has been writing professionally since 2007, contributing technology articles to various online outlets. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in information technology at Northeastern University.

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