The 3 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker was a free DVD authoring tool that was included in some editions of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Unfortunately, even though it was used by many people, Microsoft decided to stop including it in their operating systems, starting with Windows 8. If you use a computer running Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you won't find it included. We thought it would be a good idea for us to look for free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker and share them with you. These are the best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker that we could find:

1. DVD Styler

DVD Styler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application, meaning you can use it both in Windows and Linux. This application lets you create and burn your own DVDs. It includes most of the DVD authoring tools any video enthusiast wants, like designing your own interactive DVD menu or using a menu from a given list of templates. Also, it lets you create photo slideshows, add multiple subtitles and audio tracks for your videos.

DVD Styler is easy to install and we liked the fact that, even if it's a free app, it doesn't try to make you install various third-party software or "special offers" that you don't want. We found its user interface easy to use and intuitive. We never felt the need to search through its documentation in order to learn how to perform a specific task. If you want a nice, simple and straightforward DVD authoring tool, DVD Styler is more than capable of offering everything you need to create your own DVDs.

Download link: DVD Styler.

2. DVD Flick

DVD Flick is another free DVD authoring tool. This app's approach is to be as simple as it can be while, at the same time, offering all the basics the user needs. DVD Flick supports a wide range of video and audio codecs, so you'll be able to design DVDs starting from almost any kind of video file. Another good feature is the fact that DVD Flick also lets you embed subtitles on your DVD videos. However, while testing and using it, we've also noticed a few shortcomings. The most important is the lack of support for image files - you can't create picture slideshows, as DVD Flick can only work with video and audio files. The second major shortcoming is the small number of DVD menu templates, and the lack of an option to design and create your own DVD menu. You're stuck with one of the six default DVD menu templates, all of them being simple and, honestly, not very attractive.

On the good side though, DVD Flick is easy to install, it doesn't try to make you install additional unwanted software, and its user interface is so simple that you could call it spartan. If you're searching for a DVD authoring tool that does its job right and you don't need to use image slideshows or create fancy stuff like designing your own interactive DVD menus, then DVD Flick is a good option.

Download link: DVD Flick.

3. Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter might not sound like an app that you can use to author DVDs, but it's quite capable of doing that. While this app is mostly aimed at offering video converting features, it also allows you to create your own DVDs. It supports a wide array of input video and audio formats, so adding all kinds of videos, audio tracks or images won't be a problem. Freemake Video Converter includes a few menu templates that can be customized with your own background image and it also supports subtitles embedding.

However, Freemake Video Converter is not an entirely honest app. While it can do everything we've mentioned, some of its features are not "free".

During its installation process, Freemake Video Converter will try to install additional unwanted software. Not one, but two: AVG PC TuneUp (a PC optimization software from AVG) and Sonic Train , which is a "potentially unwanted program" - not a virus but a nasty adware that infiltrates your operating system and web browsers in order to deliver "useful ads". We strongly recommend you to select a custom install for Freemake's software and block the installation of this additional unwanted software.

Another negative aspect is the fact that, while Freemake advertises their product as free software, they are asking for "donations" in order to unlock some features, like the ability to add subtitles or access more DVD menu templates. This is not a donation but a payment you make for accessing certain features. A bit more honesty would be appreciated.

We must admit we were very tempted to leave this software out of our free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker. But then again, if you can overcome all these unfortunate monetizing choices made by Freemake, their Video Converter does a pretty good job at helping you author your own DVDs. Just be extra careful when you install it on your computer.

Download link: Freemake Video Converter.

Conclusion

These are the best free alternatives we've found for Microsoft's Windows DVD Maker. While any of these three can do the job, our opinion is that the best is the first application mentioned in this article: DVD Styler. It's not as spartan as DVD Flick and not as stylish as Freemake's Video Converter. However, DVD Styler has the largest number of DVD customizing features, it supports a wide range of video and audio input formats, it can embed subtitles and you can design your own custom DVD menus. Furthermore, DVD Styler is an honest piece of software: unlike Freemake Video Converter , it doesn't try to install unwanted programs on your computer, nor does it ask you to "donate" money in order to utilize it fully.