cd images are usually either stored as an .ISO file or a combination of (.BIN and .CUE) files.
I like dealing with ISO files more because it is just one file to keep up with and it is compressed.
I use a program called WinISO to "look in" the iso file.
you can use nero or other burning software to burn the ISO image, or you can use a program such as WinISO to open the iso directly and install from it. It will extract the files to a temp dir in the background and install the software.