Can I Make an ISO of an Already Installed Program?


When creating ISO files from programs you have already installed on your computer, you have a multitude of options out there that can help you get the job done. Some are free and some are very expensive. The free ones are much simpler than the paid software and do the same job at getting that ISO created to backup your programs.


  • ImgBurn is a completely free program that allows the user to create image files of DVDs and CDs. You can also build your own image files that you can then turn into optical discs, making them playable as media or as a bootable medium.

    Whichever you choose, ImgBurn takes on some of the best paid software out there and blows them out of the water with its ease of use, effectiveness and efficiency. Making an ISO of a program that is already installed is really only a few clicks away. Insert the disk that you installed the program from and open ImgBurn after installing it. Select "Create image file from disc." The program will open. Select where you want the ISO file saved and click the large green button to create the ISO file. Your ISO file will be created of the software you already have on your computer.

Free ISO Creator

  • Another piece of software that is also free is called Free ISO Creator. The software's names says it all. It easily creates software of files or discs. When you boot up the software, click "Add Folder" and browse to where the program you want to turn into an ISO. Select the folder that it is in and click "Select." Now, select where you want the ISO file to be placed when it is created and click "Convert."

Nero 9 Lite

  • Nero is considered the leading software maker for data burning, disc copying and ISO creation, but it can be fairly expensive and does not even come with a disc. Nero does, however, offer a lite version of the software that is free. This version includes the basic functions of Nero 9, like burning and backup creation and includes ISO creation. Start Nero StartSmart. Select "Copy Disc" and click "Image Recorder." Load up the disc of the program you want the ISO created from and click "Start."

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