How to Mount an ISO Image on Windows with VIrtual CloneDrive
When it comes to mounting a disc image file such as an ISO on your older Windows install, you’ll need a third-party tool to get the job done.
Update: Windows 7 is no longer supported. Support for XP ended a few years ago. And the same is true for Vista. Windows 10, on the other hand, is still supported, and it has native support for ISO images.
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Virtual CloneDrive makes it easy to mount an ISO image with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP 64-bit (x64), or 32-bit (x86). Unfortunately, the same goes for IMG and ZBIN files. You’d think Windows 7 would have the built-in ability to mount ISO images, but unfortunately, it does not.
Virtual CloneDrive from Slysoft makes the process very easy, so follow the steps below.
Note: All shots below were taken on a Windows XP system.
1. Click I Agree to begin the install
2. Click Next, accepting all defaults
3. Click Install accepting all defaults (unless you want to change the install dir)
4. Click OK if the “Select Device” box appears
5. Click Continue Anyway at Hardware Installation Box
6. Click Close when install completed
For both of my installs under Windows XP, I was prompted to reboot. However, after installing under Windows 7, I didn’t need to do the reboot.
If you do the reboot after you come back up, however, you’re done. Just double-click on an image, and it will auto-mount in your virtual clone drive.
In Windows Explorer, it will look like this when no images are mounted:
To manually mount an image, just:
Right-click on Virtual CloneDrive, click Virtual CloneDrive and click Mount (As you can see below, this is also where you can Unmount an ISO or another image file)
A year or so after publishing this article, I also started using MagicDisc to Mount ISO files. MagicDisc works great with:
- XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 x86 (32-bit), and x64 (64-bit)
- Server 2003, Server 2008 x86 (32-bit), and x64 (64-bit)
- Windows 98, ME, 2000
- MagicDisc Download Link
Virtual Clone Drive Download Link
Just installed Vista and needed to find something which would work with .img files. Exactly what I needed!
Love the article. Any reason you don’t like the Microsoft free ISO mount app?
Awesome! Just finished the install on both my Windows XP and Vista boxes.
BTW – I’ve used the free tool from Microsoft on Vista and it also works pretty good. Wouldn’t install on Vista so this is cool.
App works well, thanks for your well-written posting!
Just one addition: if you don’t regularly use or load images and want to unload the program:
* start the program from the Start/Programs/Elaborate Bytes/Virtual CloneDrive.
* Select the ‘Number of Drives’ listbox: select ‘Disabled’. And it’s unloaded from memory.
Thanks for the additional info Jim. And Welcome to the site!
I followed these steps to load into Vista Home Premium but was unable to reboot my computer, I had to restore to before I installed the software. I had the same problem with Deamon tools. I am so used to using iso images that I hardly burn cds or dvd anymore. I would like that ability on my new laptop. It is an HP dv9000t, has anyone else encountered this problem?
Welcome to the site HGHarbin,
Are you running a x64 bit version of Vista? Virtual Clone drive does support x64 however MagicISO.com as of version 5.4 does support both x32 and x64 bit versions of Windows Vista. The only downside to MagicISO however is…. $$$. It’s not free.
I prefer MagicDisc which can also create isos from cds/dvds. Just check it at download.com
@Lorenzo – Thanks for the comment & Welcome to the site!
Thanks for the valuable comments. I could solve the problem which disturbed me for a long time.
I created an ISO on one computer using IMGBURN. After installing VirtualCloneDrive on a different computer on the home network, whenever I try and mount the ISO I get the error “Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows.” I can mount the very same ISO with Daemon Tools on the local machine, but I get the same error from Daemon Tools when I try and do the same over the network. Any ideas?
@Bob Taylor – I’m actually not familiar with IMGBURN and I havn’t been using for over 2-3 years due to Spyware they bundle with the software.
So, my recommendation would be to try and use http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm ISO Recorder from Alex Feinman to create the ISO files then try and use them using the VirtualCloneDrive. Alex’s software supports everything from Windows XP to Windows Vista. x64 is even supported.
Give it a shot and keep me updated!
Another option is Pismo File Mount Audit Package, http://www.pismotechnic.com/pfm/ap/ .
– Supports Windows 2000 through Windows 2008, 32 and 64 bit.
– Can mount ISO, ISZ, UIF, and DAA CD/DVD images, as well as ZIP and PFO (Private Folder) files.
– Can simultaneously mount any number of image/archive files, not limited by available drive letters.
– No reboots required after install, uninstall, or upgrade.
thanks for the nice program but where is the download link ??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Odai – First paragraph of the Article – http://www.elby.ch/fun/software/index.html
im having trouble with this , i downloaded the program , however when i go to mount , it does not give me the option to do so . there is a manual file for a shortcut and an uninstall file . when i right click virtualclonedrive , explore open search scan with ad aware , these are the things listed . what am i doing wrong?
@Laila – Hello!
These comment areas are not the best for troubleshooting problems….. It would be much better to repost your question in the support forum – https://www.groovypost.com/forum so we can get a thread going and get you fixed up!
Setting up an account is free and easy. I’ll watch the forum for your question ok!
Thanks for the feedback. I just updated the article and added the links to MagicDisc to the bottom of the article.
Just tested the latest versions on Windows Vista and Windows 7 x64 and it's Virtual clone drive is mounting ISO files easily.
I installed Virtual Clone Drive on Vista and was using it until I decided to upgrade my laptop to Windows 7. After the upgrade I was not able to use the drive. Also, I am unable to uninstall the program…. it stuck at uninstalling driver. I can not even reinstall the program. Again it is stuck at installing driver.
Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
Try Revo uninstaller
I agree with you on that but let me tell you, the trial version of revo uninstaller is not working as it used to work back then
Animis is right. Try one of these Uninstallers https://www.groovypost.com/forum/windows7/great-list-of-uninstall-applications-t96017.html
I have done everything how it is explained but when I mount rosetta stone the only option is to open folder and view files which is what I could do before getting poweriso and now this. windows 7 32 bit
Thanks, its working fine……………………………
Excellent blogpost!! Very informative… Looking for more posts like this!! Keep you the goodwork!
This worked absolutely perfect, very very very very simple and easy to use! VERY RECOMMENDED!
Cheers for this! As a newbie, this really helped :-)
i downloaded iso file containing iron man film from kickasstorrents when i mounted it and tried to run it from virtual drive in my computer, it says “windows cannot read from this disc. the disc might be corrupted or it could be using a format that is not compatible with windows”
What should i do ?? please help soon !!!
In windows 7 it only displayed a setup box to choose the number of drives.. never did anything breathtaking… or anything at all.
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I just want to thank Joe (who posted back on August 9, 2008 at 5:37 pm) for his suggestion of the Pismo File Mount Audit Package, http://www.pismotechnic.com/pfm/ap/ . I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview recently and have not been able to find a CD/DVD emulator that would mount ISZ files. I tried this great little program which worked a treat.
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finally you solve my problem. thanks man, keep it up.
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