How to Associate WinRAR to Open an ISO file by default on Windows 11 or 10?


We have already discussed WinRAR software in one of our previous posts. It lists among one of the most popular compression applications available on the Internet. This software is preferred because, along with opening compressed files, you get the privilege to open an ISO file and extract its components. WinRAR supports various formats like ZIP, RAR, and many different extension files.

You should know that ISO disc images are not automatically associated with WinRAR when you get them installed on your computer. When you double-click on the ISO file, it will mount to a virtual drive on your computer. However, to view the file’s contents, you can go to the “Open with WinRAR” option by right-clicking on it.


You can also choose to associate the ISO extension with WinRAR. It will help simplify the process. Once you do that, it will directly open the ISO file in WinRAR once you double-click it. However, if you have a virtual CD-ROM, the ISO file won’t be mounted automatically on your computer.

In this risewindows article, we will help you associate and open ISO files with the help of the WinRAR application.

How to Associate and Open ISO files using WinRAR?

Use the following steps to associate and open ISO files through WinRAR:-

Step 1: Download and install the WinRAR tool on your computer. Launch the application once it installs.

Step 2: Go to settingsoption in options.

Step 3: Once the settings window opens switch to the Integration tab.

Step 4: The application is associated with file types such as RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, LZ, LZH, TAR, UUE, XZ, Z, ZIPX, and 001 file types. You can associate ISO files with WinRAR by checking the ISO checkbox and clicking on the OK button.

Step 5: After step 4, you will notice that WinRAR has replaced your application’s icon.

Just double-click on the ISO file with WinRAR.

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You can visit the official website to learn the latest software version.

That is it.

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Also, read How to Open RAR and ZIP Files on Windows 11/10?

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