You can mount your ISO image in all the most current versions of Windows, unless you have Windows 7 where you will have to use specialized software. We tell you right now.
In many tasks, Windows manages to be independent to carry them out without having to download any type of program, but rather the operating system itself is capable of doing it natively.
One of them is that of able to mount ISO images to be able to execute what comes inside. The truth is that it is done in a very simple way and we do not need any type of external help.
Both in Windows 11 and 10,8.1 and 8, we will do it from the own operating system. The only case where we are going to need specialized software is in Windows 7 and Vista.
Let’s see how it is done in each case so that you can mount an image, regardless of whether Windows is the one you have installed on your computer.
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Mount an ISO image in Windows 11
If we are using the latest version of the operating system microsoftwe must know that the fact mounting an ISO image is done nativelywithout the need to have any type of auxiliary program to achieve it.
In addition to being able to do it directly from Windows 11, the truth is that the steps that we must follow are going to be extremely simple and we will not have any type of problem.
- The first thing we must do is arrive with the File Browser to binder where is the ISO image that we want to mount.
- We mark the ISO file and see how it appears in the upper right part Mountwhere we are going to press.
- Then we will see the content of the ISO image, to be able to install the program that we have in it or to download some type of document. That will depend on what the ISO is.
- If we look at the File Explorer on the left, where we have all the drives of the computer, we will see that the ISO now occupies a DVD drive.
- Once we have finished, the normal thing is that we unmount the ISO. For that we must select unit which has been created in the Explorer right clicking mouse over it and clicking on the option that says Expel.
ISO image in Windows 10, 8.1 and 8
Of course, in both Windows 10, 8.1 and 8 we will not have any problem performing the same action that we have just seen in Windows 11.
In addition, we will also without the need of any kind of third-party applicationsince the possibility of executing it comes as standard, something that is excellent news.
The steps that we must follow are extremely simple and very similar to the ones we have just seen with Windows 11.
- We open the File Explorer and go to the folder where the ISO image that we want to mount is saved.
- We make double click an ISO file to mount it. Remember that this will not work if we have a program installed to execute this same task, since, if so, the native function is automatically deactivated.
- You can also mark the ISO file with the the right button of the mouse and, from the drop-down that appears, click on Mount.
- The third way is, in File Explorer, go to the tab at the top Disk imaging tools and selections Mount.
- Once you have mounted the disk image, we will see that it appears as a new drive on our computer.
- When we have finished using the ISO image, it is convenient to close it and for that we press with the right button Click on the drive created from Windows Explorer, and then select Expel.
ISO image in Windows 7 and Vista
If we have a previous version such as Windows 7 or Vista on our computer, then yes it will be necessary for us to use an application from third parties if we want to mount an ISO image.
The program that we are going to advise you is WinCDEmu, which is dedicated to mounting simple disks and is open source, as well as free. admits ISO format and other disc image formatsso it is also very versatile.
We can use it in other versions like Windows 8 or 10 if we like it a lot. In addition, it completes the native part of the software from Microsoft since is capable of mounting BIN/CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD and IMG image files for which Windows does not yet have native built-in support.
The steps we must follow are very simple, the first being the installation of WinCDEmu, giving it permissions install a driver you need when you ask us.
- Once we have it installed and with its controller it is also in action, we only have to do right click Mouse over the ISO image that we want to mount, and then click on Select drive letter and mountfrom the menu that is launched.
- We will see a tab where we can select the drive letter and other basic options.
- When everything is as we want, we click on To accept and the mounted image will appear on your computer as a DVD drive.
- We will be able to enter it and carry out the task that we want, such as installing software or downloading some documents, to give you two examples.
- Once we have finished it is advisable to delete said unit, for which we must unmount the disk image. This is done by right-clicking on the virtual drive and selecting Expel.
With everything you have just read, you will now be able to mount your ISO image natively in almost all versions of the Windows operating system, which makes the task much easier and without as many steps as when we have to use apps of third parties.
Unfortunately, in versions like Windows 7 and Vista, Microsoft did not implement this advantage and here we will have to get a program to open the ISO images and we can work with them.
The important thing is that, in the majority versions currently, Windows 10 and Windows 11, this capability is natively active, being simple and quick to use when we need it.