How Do You Mount an ISO?


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Mount an .ISO file and run it as a virtual CD-ROM drive by installing and running a free third-party utility from a reputable software developer. You need a desktop or laptop computer running a supported Operating System, such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, and the free utility Virtual CloneDrive.

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  1. Download the freeware utility Virtual CloneDrive

    Download Virtual CloneDrive on Slysoft.com or from any software distributors that offer free downloads. Virtual CloneDrive allows the mounting of .ISO files and other clonedvd file formats, such as .CCD, .BIN and .DVD files. The software is a free lightweight tool that only takes up 3 MB of your total disk space.

  2. Install the downloaded software

    After the download, run the setup file as an administrator to ensure that you have installation rights. Follow the installation wizard, and select Yes or OK during the hardware prompt. You may need to restart your computer for the installation to complete. Click Yes or OK to restart, or click Cancel if you want to continue the installation later and have documents to save before rebooting.

  3. Mount the ISO file

    Once your computer is restarted, right-click your .ISO file. In the Menu pop-up, hover your mouse to Open With and then select Mount Files with Virtual CloneDrive. Upon selection, a new drive letter will appear on your computer's drive list where you can access the contents of the .ISO file. When you have installed your needed software in the .ISO file, unmount the file by just right-clicking on the drive icon, go to Virtual CloneDrive and select Unmount.

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