Starting Windows 8, Microsoft offers a built-in tool to mount ISO files on a virtual CD/DVD drive. This ISO mounting feature is available on Windows 10 and even on Windows 11. However, if you are still using Windows 7, you’ll need a third-party tool to mount an ISO disk image file. If for any reason, the Mount option is missing on Windows Windows 10, you can enable the same.
Basically, an ISO image is a container format designed to store a physical disk’s contents (CD, DVD, or Blu-ray). Several software companies usually use this file format to distribute the applications and tools without the need to ship physical media, which can be costly and time-consuming. For instance, Microsoft uses this format to distribute previews of 11 to testers and many other products.
Although many free applications are available that work with images, Windows 11 includes the ability to mount and mount ISO files natively without the need for extra software.
This gearupwindows article will show the steps to mount and unmount ISO files on Windows 11 PC.
How to Mount and Unmount an ISO File on Windows 11 using File Explorer?
On a Windows 11 PC, you can mount ISO files in two ways:-
Mount ISO Image with a Double-click
To quickly mount an ISO file on Windows 11, open File Explorer by pressing
After executing the above steps, the ISO file will open like any other folder, allowing you to access and extract the contents as necessary. It will also be visible in File Explorer, just like a CD/DVD drive.
Mount image from right-click context menu
To mount an ISO image from the File Explorer context menu, open File Explorer by pressing
After performing the above steps, you can access the image file’s contents by opening the virtual drive from the File Explorer.
Unmount image on Windows 11
Once you have done with the mounted image and no longer required, you can quickly unmount it by right-clicking the virtual drive under This PC and selecting the Eject option. Do the following:-
Step 1. Double-click on
Step 2. Click on the
Once you perform the above steps, the ISO file will be unmounted. If you want to reaccess its content, you need to mount it again.