Download Free Nero 9
The bloated features of Nero 9 is probably the reason of why there are many people feeling uncomfortable using it. From a lighting fast CD / DVD burner software, Nero has evolved to an application that puts everything inside. It keeps adding new features from version to version, making the size bigger and bigger and causing the application slower and slower. Some may keep using Nero and even update it whenever a new version comes, but many others have started to use a free, lightweight CD/DVD burner alternative.
For those who don’t want to even look at Nero anymore, thinking that Nero is a bloated shareware that doesn’t deserve the space in their hard drive, they have many free options waiting in line such as CDBurnerXP, ImgBurn, Deepburner, etc. The good news is coming for they who want to use Nero but cannot afford the price. Nero is currently giving away their Nero 9 free edition.
This Nero 9 free version is called Nero StartSmart Essentials, which is a streamlined version. Compared to its full version that is nearly 400 MB, Nero 9 Free is only 55 MB in size since it only contains data burning and disc copying features for CDs and DVDs.
Nero 9 Free can be downloaded from its official Nero download page, but you’ll have to supply your email address to be able to download it. I think when it says it is free, it should be really free without any condition or requirement to download the application. If you don’t want to let Nero know your real email address, you can create a temporary address or simply go to Softpedia to download Nero 9 Free.
Note that during installation Nero 9 Free will suggest you to install Ask Toolbar. Make sure that you uncheck the box to prevent the toolbar installation. This unnecessary toolbar is one of the reasons why Softpedia mark Nero 9 Free as an adware instead of a freeware.
Personally, 55 MB is too big for the very basic functionalities that Nero 9 Free offers. You can get more than these with a much smaller size if you use other free CD/DVD burners that you can find around. Still, if you’re really a big fan of Nero, this Nero 9 Free is likely to be a really good news for you.
Buf if you have already had Nero 9 and want to remove all the features that you don’t need, there are two options to go. First, you reinstall it and choose Custom Install where you can select only the features that you need. Second, use Nero 9 Lite to replace the full Nero 9 version. And, in case that you lose your product key, you can use this official Nero license key finder.