On Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft finally offers a built-in way to mount ISO disc image files. If you’re using Windows 7, you’ll need a third-party tool to mount an ISO disk image file. If, for any reason, the editing option is missing on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you can enable the same.
Mounting an ISO Image in Windows 8, 8.1 or 10
On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, Windows has the built-in ability to mount both ISO disk images and VHD virtual HDD image files.
Double-click on an ISO file to mount it, or right-click on an ISO file and select the Mount option.
After mounting the ISO image file, you will notice an extra CD-ROM on your computer where you can access your ISO file’s contents.
To unmount the Virtual CD-ROM, right-click on the Virtual CD-ROM and select the Eject option.
Mounting an ISO Image in Windows XP, Vista, or Win 7
On earlier versions of Windows, you will need a 3rd party application to mount ISO image files. We love WinCDEmu, an easy and open-source disk mounting software. It supports ISO files as well as other disk image formats.
WinCDEmu is even helpful on Windows 8 and 10 if you want to mount BIN/CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, and IMG image files that Windows still does not provide built-in support for.
Once you have installed WinCDEmu, right-click a disk image file and click “Select drive letter & mount” from the shortcut menu.
To unmount a virtual CD-ROM, right-click on the mounted virtual CD-ROM, and from the right-click context menu, select the Eject option.
Virtual CloneDrive is another useful tool to mount ISO, IMG, BIN, and UDF files to a virtual drive and can be used as a physical drive. It is a freeware utility that lets mount ISO, IMG, BIN, UDF, DVD, and other format image files on Windows PC. You can mount image files into the virtual drive from your hard disk or a network drive by just double-click and start using it as a normal CD, DVD, or Blu-ray.
The beauty of the Virtual CloneDrive is that it can mount up to 15 virtual drives at once. Mounted virtual drives behave like a physical CD/DVD ROM and can be ejected by right-clicking and selecting Unmount option.
Similarly, right-click on an image file and select the Mount option to see the image file contents in a virtual CD-ROM.
The Virtual CloneDrive is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit architecture, including Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Win8, and Win10.