How to Mount an ISO File on Windows 11?


An ISO file, often called an ISO image, is a single file that is a perfect replica of an entire CD, DVD, or BD. The entire contents of a disc can be exactly duplicated in a single ISO file. Think of an ISO file as a box that contains all the parts of something that need to be assembled. The box that the toy parts come in doesn’t serve you as a real toy, but the content you take out and assemble becomes what you want to use.

Microsoft has made it easy to mount the ISO file starting with Windows 8. Starting with Windows 8, there is an official built-in application that allows you to mount an ISO file to a virtual CD or DVD drive. The same goes for Windows 11, which also has an official app that can be used to mount ISO files.

Even though 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.

In this risewindows article, we will show you how to mount an ISO file on Windows 11.

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

In Windows 11, open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E keys to quickly mount an ISO file and then browse to the folder with the ISO image. Lastly, double-click the .iso file to mount it.

Once you execute 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 Windows + E keys simultaneously or any other method. Now, browse the folder that stored the ISO image. Then, right-click the .iso file and select the Mount option.

Once you perform the above steps, you can access the image file’s contents by opening the virtual drive from File Explorer.

Unmount image on Windows 11

When you have done with the mounted image and are no longer required, you can quickly unmount it by right-clicking the virtual drive under This PC and selecting the Eject option. use the following:-

Step 1. Firstly, double-click on This PC icon on the desktop and right-click on the virtual CD drive.

Step 2. Then, click on the Eject from the context menu.

After performing the above steps, the ISO file will be unmounted. If you want to reaccess its content, you need to mount it again.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this guide will help you with your queries.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

Also, read How to Download Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft?

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