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8.3 Mount ISO file In Windows 8

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Mounting ISO files in Windows has always needed the help of third party software. Windows 8, however, has changed all that by being the first Windows operating system to incorporate software which will easily mount an ISO image.

As more and more software is available for download on the internet, developers are packaging the setup files into ISO files which require burning to a CD/DVD once the download has been completed. Add to the mix the fact that many PC manufacturers are now building desktops and laptops that no longer have a built in CD/DVD and you have a problem.

One easy option is to buy an external CD/DVD, but this costs money. The alternative is to use ISO mounting software which, effectively, turns your ISO file into a virtual CD/DVD. The end result is a file that you can run straight from your desktop without the need of a physical CD/DVD drive.

To mount an ISO file simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and locate the ISO file that you wish to mount.
  2. Fig: 8-3-1 To begin the Mount process, select the ISO file from the relevant Windows Explorer folder

    Fig: 8-3-1 To begin the Mount process, select the ISO file from the relevant Windows Explorer folder

  3. Once you have located the ISO file, Right Click on it and, from the menu that appears, Click on Mount.
  4. Fig: 8-3-2 From the available drop down menu, select Mount to mount the ISO file

    Fig: 8-3-2 From the available drop down menu, select Mount to mount the ISO file

  5. The ISO file has now been mounted and you should see it displayed as a DVD entry in Windows Explorer or Computer.
  6. Fig: 8-3-3 Once mounted the file will be visible as a DVD Drive

    Fig: 8-3-3 Once mounted the file will be visible as a DVD Drive

  7. You can now click on the mounted ISO and either browse the files or begin the setup program.
  8. Once you have finished with the ISO file it is time to dis-mount the file.
  9. To Dis-Mount the ISO file, Right Click on the DVD Drive file entry in Windows Explorer or Computer and select Eject from the available menu.
  10. Fig: 8-3-4 Dis-mount the ISO by selecting the Eject option from the available menu

    Fig: 8-3-4 Dis-mount the ISO by selecting the Eject option from the available menu

  11. Your ISO file has now been dis-mounted.