Good news to all Nero fans! You can now legally download and install Nero 9 for absolutely free. And, we are not talking about any tricks to procure a copy of Nero 9. Instead, Nero has released a free version of its Nero burning software, the widely popular software that gives you the best-in-class burning experience.
Although there are a number of free Nero alternatives available for Windows, very few or none of them come close to Nero as far as the overall performance, user interface, and features are concerned. The free version of Nero 9, Nero StartSmart Essentials, comes with basic set of features that you would expect in a free software.
There are options to change data burning speed, verify data on disc after burning, and simulate before burning.
The only catch with this Nero 9 free version is that it comes with only data burning and disc copying features for CDs and DVDs. To get additional features you need to upgrade to the Nero 9 full version. Even though there are tabs labeled Rip and Burn, Create and Edit, these tabs only offer an option to upgrade to the paid version. So, in other words, download and use this Nero 9 Essentials Free version only if you deal with data burning and disc copying.
If you are looking for a good data burning software, this is the best application as it’s very stable and easy-to-use compared to other burning software out there for Windows.
Note that Nero 9 Essentials tries to install Ask toolbar during installation. So, if you’re interested only in Nero, don’t forget to deselect the Ask toolbar installation option that you see during the installation. While Nero 9 free version comes with very few features, its size is 54MB! You can download it from the link mentioned at the end of this article.
Please note that Nero 9 Essentials is no longer available to download from Nero website. We have provided the popular and secure Softpedia download link. Nero 9 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.
Update: Nero has released a free tool named Nero Kwik Media (free) which offers more features compared to Nero 9 Essentials free. If you are interested please download the same from Nero Kwik Media link.