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Windows 7: Nero 9 Free Edition

03 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Nero 9 Free Edition

Nero 9 is mostly known for being bloatware rather than being a reliable user friendly disk burning software, sadly Nero was all that several years ago. Recently Nero has introduced a new version of Nero 9 that is free and 54MB in size. This version is a stripped down version of Nero 9 ultra and consists of Disk burning and disk copying components. And that actually is a good thing compared to the whatnots that come bundled with the other versions. So basically the free version is Nero Essentials that come bundled with most CD/DVD writers these days. However I still don’t think the free version will be a success as you will need to submit an email address to get the download link(that seems ok) but they messed it all up adding the Ask toolbar which comes as an optional component during install. All Eset users will find out that the Antivirus flags it as a “potentially unwanted application”.

So if you really really like Nero and want only to burn or copy disks, this is for you otherwise there are lots of other smaller free applications out there.
  • Windows® XP SP2 or SP3, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP2
  • Windows® XP 64 bit, Windows Vista® 64 bit, and Windows® 7 64 bit versions are supported via 32 bit emulation mode.
  • Windows® Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher.
  • 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® III or equivalent AMD and Intel® processor (2 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or equivalent AMD and Intel® processor for Windows Vista®), 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Windows Vista®).
  • ~270MB hard drive space for a typical installation of all components.
  • ~500MB hard drive space temporary for the installation
  • CD or DVD recordable or rewritable drive for burning.
  • DirectX® 9.0c revision 30 (August 2006) or higher.
  • Up to 9 GB available hard drive space for DVD images and temporary DVD files.
  • Graphics card with at least 32 MB video memory, minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and 16-bit color settings (24-bit or 32-bit true color is recommended).
  • Installation of the latest WHQL certified device drivers is strongly recommended.
  • For the Nero Online services: Nero product registration, product updates, and other features an Internet connection is required.
Optional Requirements
  • *16-bit Microsoft® Windows® compatible sound device and speakers Installation of latest WHQL certified device drivers recommended.
Product details:
Release Date: July 30, 2009
File Size: 55 MB (57.187.288 bytes)
MD5 checksum: 11c83041227b73c0c490ffe16a5d65c3
Download Nero Free Edition – Nero Website | Softpedia*

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03 Aug 2009   #2

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)

only 55 MB???
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03 Aug 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

LOL. I thought my Ashampoo Burning studio was big at 35mb.
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03 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Thanks Nick.
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03 Aug 2009   #5


I use Nero but I do find it somewhat bloated on size. 397 MB for an update.
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03 Aug 2009   #6

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all
I gave up on Nero a while ago version 6 was the last decent version which didn't come full to the brim with a load of bloat.

Their "Drive Image" virtual DVD/CD mounting tool hasn't worked since VISTA -- and this is a useful tool (ULTRA ISO works fine even on W7 X-64)

At least Nero realize that to stay in business a bit of "getting back to their roots" is in order.

I still find the easiest way to burn a CD / DVD is to make an ISO with something like ULTRA ISO and then use the built in burner.

About the only thing I find NERO even worthy of consideration for these days is that you can burn an audio CD directly from FLAC files (My music Library is all FLAC files - I'm not a fan of hideously compressed mp3 files).

I still use this method to get stuff on to a Minidisc recorder although using an XP Virtual machine - W7 doesn't support MiniDisc Simple Burner -- Mount Virtual drive with Ultra ISO, Burn Audio CD from FLAC and then use Minidisc Simple Burner to transfer CD to Minidisc. A bit old but it works (and although it might seem like Dinosaur technology the sound quality of a Minidisc runs RINGS around any IPOD - discussion for another Forum like Hydrogen Audio etc).

If Version 9 (Free version) allows you to burn FLAC files to CD Audio then I might be interested - you need the Nero mega plugin pack (free) to make V6/7 work.

Anybody tried the mega plugin pack with V9.

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03 Aug 2009   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

i used to find the dvd authoring part (nerovision, i think it was called) of the bloatware suite pretty powerful but also crash-prone.

the free slimware cdburnerxp (3.06 MB! download) can also make audio discs with flac files - it works great on my rtm x64. it can burn iso's too...
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03 Aug 2009   #8

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)

Wow this is awesome... finally nero in basic functions only... and free :)
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03 Aug 2009   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

but it's still so bloated - just where does that code go?

the app i mentioned above can do all that nero does (probably more - i havent actually checked) but at well under 10% of download/install size (nero=55 MB, cdburnerxp=3 MB). :)
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03 Aug 2009   #10

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
LOL. I thought my Ashampoo Burning studio was big at 35mb.
I am used to its Nero ultra edition which is near about 397 MB...
Thats why it is so less for me...

Have you guys noticed that Nero smartstart most of the times crashes in Windows vista and windows 7..
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