What is ISO File?
An ISO image, also called as ISO file, is an exact representation of the CD or DVD. The whole content of the disc could be converted and as an output, a file that is created is called the ISO image. It is known as the duplicate of a whole CD in a single file.
How to mount an ISO file?
To mount an ISO file, the computer requires a drive to recognize the duplicate fire CD. You cannot run the ISO in CD drive. A virtual hard drive is needed to be installed in the system which can accept the ISO image. Even though it is a virtual drive, the Windows will recognize it as a real one and does not obstruct the process to mount the file.
There are a few procedures that depend upon the Windows to mount an ISO file. Till Windows 7, there was no support for ISO images, but now Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have inbuilt software to mount the ISO disc image files. Windows 7 required a third party application tool to mount the ISO file.
Mounting an ISO file in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10
From Windows 8 to Windows 10, the company offered an inbuilt tool to mount ISO file; hence there is no requirement for any third-party tool.
- You can mount the ISO files by following either of these options.
- Right-click on an ISO file. Select the “Mount” option from the drop-down box.
- Select an ISO file and click “Manage” from the top bar of the Window. Now, click Disk Image Tools.
- Double Click on an ISO file. But this step will not work the ISO file is associated with a different program.
- Now, the ISO image is mounted, it will appear as a new drive in ‘My Computer.’
- When your work is done, right click on the drive and select ‘Eject’ from the drop-down box.
Mounting ISO file in Windows 7
In Windows 7, there is no inbuilt drive given by the company. Hence, the user has to use a third-party tool.
- Before proceeding, you need a tool, which you can download directly from the Internet. While installing, permit the tool, to create a virtual hard drive in your system, so that it could read ISO files.
- When the installation is complete, double click on the ISO file, you want to mount. An interface will be displayed on your screen. Select a drive and other options according to your wish.
- Now, click “Ok” to complete the process to mount an ISO image. Now the ISO file is mounted and an image will appear in my computer.
- To unmount the disc, right-click the drive and click “Eject” to complete the process.
The steps to mount an ISO file are not frustrating but they are lengthy for Windows 7 users. Windows 8 and Windows 10 have support to the ISO files but Windows 7 needs a third-party tool, apparently makes it a more extended procedure to mount files.
Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.