How to Make a Bootable DVD Using Nero 7

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How to Make a Bootable DVD Using Nero 7
Nero 7 uses Nero Burning ROM to make bootable DVDs. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

Nero 7 features several useful programs which let users burn data, music, photos and video to blank CDs and DVDs. To make Nero 7 easier to use, a separate program called Nero StartSmart can be a starting point for common tasks. One of the programs in the Nero 7 suite, Nero Burning ROM, lets users create and burn data disc images. It also has the ability to add a boot sector to discs it creates so users can create bootable DVDs.

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Things you need

  • Nero 7 software suite
  • Boot image file (optional)
  • DVD burner
  • Blank DVD

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  1. 1

    Launch Nero 7 StartSmart. When the StartSmart window opens, click the "Make Bootable DVD" button. A new window for "Nero Express" will open, which uses the Nero Burning ROM engine.

  2. 2

    Click the "Add" button. A window will open for you to select the files you want to add to the DVD. Select the files you want and click the "Add" button to add them to the project. Once all the files have been added, click the "Close" button to return to your DVD project. Click the "Next" button to continue.

  3. 3

    Select the boot image option that you want Nero 7 to use to make your DVD bootable. If you have a boot image file you wish to use, select the drive where it is located. If you don't have a boot image file, select the "Standard Boot Image" option and choose the country or region where you live. Click the "Next" button to continue.

  4. 4

    Select the DVD burner you wish to use in the "Current Burner" menu. Name your DVD if you wish, then make sure that the "Write" option is checked to ensure that Nero will burn your DVD. Set the write method to "Disc-at-once" and choose the number of copies of your DVD that you wish to make.

  5. 5

    Place a blank DVD into your DVD burner, then click the "Burn" button. Wait while Nero burns your project and the boot file to the disc. Click "OK" when the window pops up informing you that the burn process has finished, then click "Next" on the progress screen to finish the project.

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