Nero is the world’s best data disc burning software from Nero AG (formerly, Ahead Software). Many of us are familiar with Nero brand as Nero OEM suite is bundled with many optical disc recorders or CD/DVD-RW drives. Nero 9 supports quicker write speeds, new formats like Blu-ray and also bundles multimedia creation tools for DVD authoring and audio CD compilation, Nero has been one of the most capable applications in its field.
Nero 9 complete suite of software which supports CD/DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD burning is not cheap though, with single license purchase costs $79.99. As an end-user you will get a lot of unwanted applications along with the complete suite which you will rarely use. This complete suite is also heavy in size too.
Here’s a good news for Nero fans, Nero AG has released a free version of it’s burning software, Nero Essential – Free Edition with limited features. This version of Nero 9.4 contains the essential data burning and disc copying features for CDs and DVDs for an unlimited time, absolutely FREE! Nero 9 Essentials is a 55 MB download, and supports both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit version (x64) Windows XP SP2 or SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP2. No Nero 9 serial number, product key, activation code, nor crack or keygen required for installation.
You can download latest version of free Nero (current version. 9.4) from here or from this Softpedia link. If you don’t want to share your email address with Nero, then click here for the direct download link.
Note: This version comes bundled with Ask Toolbar, if you don’t want to install the toolbar then disable it while installing Nero Essentials.