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