Mounting ISO files in your operating system is a great way to view and play the contents of a disk image without having to burn it to a CD/DVD. While Mac and Linux have the support for mounting ISO images in the system, Windows, regardless of which version you are using, does not support this feature. So, in this article, I will show you how to mount ISO files in Windows completely free.
Virtual CloneDrive is a third-party software that works and runs as a physical CD / DVD drive, except that it is a virtual drive. When you install VCD, it will mount itself as an empty CDROM drive in your Windows Explorer. You can then use it to mount your ISO images (just like putting a CD into a CD-ROM drive).
1. Download and install Virtual Clone Drive. (If you use Windows 2000 or XP, you must have administrator privileges to install it, otherwise it will not work.) You will be prompted to restart the computer.
2. Open Windows Explorer. You will see a new BD-ROM drive.
3. Right-click on the BD-ROM and select Virtual CloneDrive-> Mount.
4. Navigate to the folder where you saved the ISO file and select it.
5. Virtual CloneDrive will mount the ISO file as a CD in the system. You will be able to run the application or view the content directly from the ISO file.
Virtual CloneDrive works in most versions of Windows, including Windows 7 RC1.
If you do not have administrator rights to your computer, or you can not make Virtual CloneDrive work, another software that can help you is the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel.
1. Download the Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel
2. Double-click the .exe file to extract the package. When prompted, remember to choose Desktop as the decompressor.
3. You will have three files on your desktop: VcdControlTool.exe, VCdRom.sys and readme.txt.
Copy VCdRom.sys to the C:WINDOWSsystem32drivers directory
Double-click VCdControlTool.exe to launch it.
6. Click “Driver Control”
7. Click on Install Driver and point to VcdRom.sys file in C:WINDOWSsystem32drivers.
8. Click Start, and then click OK.
9. Back in the main window, click “Add Drive”. You will see a new drive mounted on your system.
10. Click Mount and navigate to the folder where you saved the ISO file. Select the ISO file. It will remind you of a specific mounting option. Ignore that and click ok.
11. Now you can access your ISO file inside Windows Explorer. Once done, unmount, stop, and remove the drive from the Virtual CD-Rom Control Panel.
You have other ways you can use to mount ISO files in Windows, please comment for us and other readers to refer to, thank you!