How to burn an ISO file from the command prompt in Windows 10

As you might be knowing, Windows 10 allows you to burn ISO files without third party tools. This ability was added in Windows 7. All you need is an empty CD/DVD disc and some ISO file. A lesser known feature of Windows is the ability to burn an ISO file from the command prompt. Let's see how it can be done in Windows 10.

There is an isoburn tool in Windows 10, It is a built-in tool shipped by default with Windows 10. It located in the following folder:


The utility has the following usage syntax:

ISOBURN.EXE [/Q] [:] path_to_iso_file

If you provide the agrument /Q, it will start burning immediately in the Burn Disc Image window.

The only required argument is the path to the ISO file. If you specify only that, isoburn shows the Burn Disc Image window where you need to select the drive letter assigned to your CD/DVD writer drive.

So, to burn an ISO file from the command prompt in Windows 10, you need to do the following.

  1. Open the command prompt.
  2. Type the following in the opened command window:
    ISOBURN.EXE /Q E: c:\data\Window10.ISO

Make sure that you replace the text E: in the command line with the actual drive letter of the optical drive in your operating system and also the actual path to the ISO file.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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