How To Mount ISO File With And Without Software In Windows

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Wondering how to mount an ISO file to disk and be able to run it on Windows just fine? Read on for the following article.

If you want data from a disc (like a Windows installation), but don't want to buy a physical CD, you can use an ISO file instead. An ISO file is a “blueprint” disk, meaning it contains all the data you would find if you bought a physical CD. Manufacturers use ISO files to distribute drivers, software, or operating systems to end-users.

While you can format the ISO to a CD, Microsoft Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool that lets you mount an ISO file on the operating system itself. That means you don't have to buy a disc if you want to run the ISO. In this article, I will show you how to mount an ISO image using PowerShell commands, along with some third-party tools in Windows.


How to Mount ISO Files Without Software

If you're using Windows 10 or 11, you don't need any third-party software to mount ISO images. So you don't need tools or download additional software. Here's how:


How to Mount ISO Files Using File Explorer

A simple way to mount an ISO image is with File Explorer because you don't need to use any additional software. To do this, follow these steps:

 1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the folder where your ISO image is located.

 2. Double click on the ISO file to mount it.

 3. Once mounted, you will see it as a new drive under This PC in Windows. Windows now treats the ISO file as if it were a CD, so use it as you would a regular disc.

 4. Just like a CD, you can right-click the drive and select Eject to unmount the ISO file when you're done. After ejecting the file, you won't see the image on the drive until you mount it again.


How to Mount ISO File Using Context Menu

Alternatively, you can also use this method to mount an ISO image in File Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:


 1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the folder where the ISO image is located.

 2. Right-click on the file and select the Mount option from the context menu.

 3. Once installed, you will see it as a new drive under This PC in Windows.

 4. You can right-click the drive and select Eject to unmount the ISO file.

 5. Once done, you won't see the image on the drive until you mount it again.


How to Mount an ISO File Using the Ribbon Menu

You can also use the ribbon menu to perform the same task. To mount an ISO file in File Explorer using the ribbon menu, follow these steps:

 1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the folder where your ISO image is located.

 2. Click the ISO file to select it.

 3. Select the Manage option on the File Explorer ribbon menu.

 4. Click the Mount option below it.

 5. Once installed, you will see it as a new drive under This PC in Windows.

 6. You can right-click the drive and select Eject to unmount the ISO file. Once done, you won't see the Image on the drive until you mount it again.


How to Mount ISO Files Using Third-Party Software

If you are running Windows 7 or lower version, Windows Disk Image Burner is not available for you. However, you can still use some third-party software to burn ISO files on Windows 7 or lower. Some of the popular ISO mounting tools you can use are:

  * WinRAR

  * Power ISO

  * WinCDEmu

  * Magic ISO Maker

  * WinISO

For this guide, we will use WinRAR to demonstrate how to burn ISO images using third party software.


How to Mount ISO Files Using WinRAR

To extract the ISO file using WinRAR, follow the steps below:

 1. Download and install WinRAR on your computer.

 2. Navigate to the location of the ISO file in File Explorer.

 3. Right-click on the ISO file and select Extract to [FILENAME].

This will extract the contents of the ISO image into the ISO file folder. The disk image will not mount, but you can extract the contents of the disk image to any location you want without mounting it.


Summary

So that's how to mount ISO files with and without using the software. Mounting an ISO file on Windows 10 or higher is relatively easy compared to previous versions. This is because Windows 10 comes with built-in tools in File Explorer. You can choose one of the methods mentioned above to mount the ISO image if you are running Windows 10/11. Although the process is different, the end result remains the same.

Hopefully, this article about How To Mount ISO File With And Without Software In Windows, gives you a little insight. Also, read an article about How to Overcome Slow Download Steam Updates that you may need to know. Thank you.

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