When it comes to burning and disc imaging software, Windows users have a number of free programs to choose from. In the past, we covered BurnAware free, Nero Kwik Media, Ashampoo Burning Studio free, CDBurnerXP, the good old Nero 9 Free (supports Windows 8 as well), and many other free disc burning software for Windows.
Users who are looking for a free burning software with professional interface should check out CyberLink Power2Go Essential free. Poewr2Go Essential free is a stripped-down version of popular CyberLink Power2Go software. Power2Go Essential is a free software create data discs, rip music, and create audio CDs.
The interface of the software is much better than any other burning software out there.
The downside of CyberLink Power2Go Essential is its download size. It’s ~190 MB. That’s because the program includes all features of Power2Go 8 Platinum and allows you enjoy all those features for the first 15 days. In other words, Power2Go Essential free includes 15-day trial version of Power2Go 8 Platinum as well.
While you will be able to use all features of Power2Go 8 Platinum for the first 15 days, once the trial period expires, you will able to use only Power2Go Essential features such as data burning, cop discs, rip music CDs (but not WMA and MP3 CDs!), create audio CD, and erase disc.
Powerful features such as recovery disc creator, virtual drive, audio converter, save disc image, burn disc image, burn video and pictures to disc, and waveditor won’t be available after the trail period.
Downloading the setup isn’t a simple task! You need to visit the download page, enter your name & email address, download the CyberLink Downloader program, run the file, and select a folder to save Power2Go Essential setup. Once the download is complete, you will see “Download process is complete. Do you want to install the download now?” message. Click Yes to start installing program. Alternatively, you can also double-click on the setup file and follow on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
According to the official page, Power2Go Essential supports XP, Vista, and Windows 7. But it worked flawlessly on our Windows 8 PC as well. If you are on Windows 8, we recommend you try out the CyberLink YouCam free, a handy app to capture photos and videos using the webcam.
Overall, go for Power2Go Essential if you are looking for a very basic burning software with good interface.