How To Mount An ISO Image File In Windows
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An ISO image file is an exact representation of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray Disc in a single archive file. When you create an ISO image using optical disc utility programs such as ImgBurn what it does is it duplicate the disc precisely into a single achieve file.
To Mount the ISO Image in Windows 7 and Older Operating System
Mounting ISO file in Windows 7 and older Operating System such as Windows Vista and Windows XP requires you to use third party software such as magiciso. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 mounting iso and some virtual disc image is easy and you don’t have to install third party software because iso image mounting utility is already integrated to the operating system.
To begin mounting your iso image in Windows 7 and older operating system, download a virtual CD/DVD disc mounting utility such as magiciso from their website and be sure to select the correct operating system you’re using. We’ll be using magiciso for mounting iso or any other CD/DVD image like .BIN (CDRWin), .NRG (Nero-Burning Rom), MDF/MDS (Fantom CD) or any other CD/DVD image created from different software manufacturer. Magiciso is a freeware, light-weight and very helpful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD disc.
After downloading magiciso install it on your computer, there’s no need to restart your computer after completing the installation.
You’ll see a magiciso icon at your desktop taskbar after the installation.
Magicdisc icon on Windows taskbar
Right click on the magiciso icon and hover your mouse on Virtual CD/DVD-ROM and select the virtual drive you want your ISO image to use and click on the Mount on the dropdown menu.
Browse the iso image file on your computer and click Open to mount the image file.
The mounted iso image will autorun, you can now use the mounted image as if it is a real disc on a virtual optical drive. To unmount the iso image from the virtual drive, again right click on the magiciso icon on your desktop taskbar, hover your mouse to Virtual CD/DVD ROM and select the drive you want to unmount then click on the Unmount on the context menu.
Mounting ISO in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 theres no need to worry about installing a third-party software for mounting ISO image because ISO image mounting is already built-in to the operating system. All you have to do is find your ISO image file and right click on it then click on Mount, once you’ve click the mount option on the context menu you’ll see a new drive with the iso image mounted.
To unmount the iso image right click on the virtual drive where the iso image is mounted then click on Eject.
Note: Procedures in mounting and unmounting iso image file are the same in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1