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How To Mount An ISO File In Windows XP, 8, 8.1 & 10

You have downloaded an ISO image file that you want to mount without burning to a CD/DVD?

Actually, It’s not so tricky. You can mount any ISO image file to your Windows operating system. There are a lots of free tool available on the web that will help you on this task.

Here, I will show you how to mount an ISO image file to your Windows machine without burning it into a CD or DVD.

How To Mount an ISO File In Windows

This tutorial is going to be be in-depth and we will show you many different ways to mount an ISO image file in Windows. For your easiness, We have linked each methods below.

Mount An ISO File in Win 8, 8.1 & 10 Using Built-in Mount Tool

If you are using a latest version of Windows (Win 8.1/10) then you don’t need to follow any instructions below. Because Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 has built-in ISO mount tool. Just double click/Right click and choose mount on the ISO file that you want to mount

Mount ISO image file in Windows

And then The ISO file will open as a virtual CD/DVD drive.

Mount as CD DVD

You can also un-mount the ISO file by right click on the virtual CD/DVD and select Eject.

Unmount CD DVD in Windows

That’s all you need to do in windows 8, 8.1 and 10 to mount an ISO file.

Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is a Microsoft’s software for Windows XP and 7 user to enable them Mount an ISO file. If you are using Windows XP or 7, Then you can open any ISO file in a virtual CD Rom drive using Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel software.

Though, This software is provided by Microsoft, I still believe that It’s fairly old and not user friendly. You can download this software free from Microsoft.

Once Downloaded, Install this software and follow the instructions here.

Mount ISO’s Using Virtual Clone Drive

Virtual CLone drive is another 3rd party tool to enable you mount any ISO, BIN, IMG, UDF, DVD, and CCD. This is a user friendly and lot easier than Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel. If you are using Windows XP or 7, Then I strongly recommend you to use this tool.

Virtual Clone Drive is a free software that you can download from here.

Once download complete, Install Virtual Clone Drive to your computer. And don’t forget to choose the file type you want to associate with VCD.

Virtual clone drive installation

Once installed, Now you can mount any ISO file. To do that, Follow the instructions below:

  • Right click on the file that you want to mount.
  • Hover you mouse pointer to Open With and then choose Mount Files with Virtual CloneDrive

Mount file with virtual clone drive

  • Or simply double click on the ISO file to mount it through Virtual Clone drive.
  • After that the ISO file will be mounted in a virtual CD ROM drive.

You can un-mount the files by right clicking on the virtual drive and choose Eject.

That’s it!

Mount & Install ISO’s using 7-Zip

7-Zip is open source software and free to use. Though 7-Zip is a handy windows file archiver utility, It supports various files formats and can be used to split large files into multiple parts.

It can also be used to mount and install ISO’s. I was used to use 7-Zip to install ISO’s on my windows 7 machine. I assume you have 7-zip installed on your computer.

Now follow the instructions below:

  • Right click on the ISO file that you want to install or mount.
  • Hover your mouse pointer to 7-Zip and choose open archives to open/mount the .iso file. You can also install the ISO by double clicking on the setup file inside 7-Zip archiver window.

Using 7-Zip you can extract the files inside ISO’s to your hard drives as well.

Click here For more information about Extracting, Mounting and Installing ISO’s using 7-Zip.

Have I missed anything important or do you know any other tools or software that can mount ISO’s? Please let us know via below the discussion box.

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