How to Mount an ISO Image on Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11?


Windows finally offers a built-in way to mount ISO disc image files on Windows 8 and 10. If you’re using Windows 7, you’ll need a third-party tool. Due to some reason,  If you are missing the mount option on Windows 8.1 or 10, then you can enable the same. This risewindows article will guide you on how to mount an ISO image on Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11.

Mounting an ISO Image in Windows 8/8.1, 10, and 11

Here, Windows has the built-in ability to mount ISO and VHD virtual image files on Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and 11.

Then, double-click on an ISO file to mount it, or right-click on an ISO file and select the Mount option.

Once you mount the ISO image file, you will notice an extra CD-ROM on your computer. Then, you can access your ISO file’s contents.

So, right-click on the Virtual CD-ROM and select the Eject option to unmount the Virtual CD-ROM.

Mounting an ISO Image in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or 11

You’ll need a third-party application to mount ISO image files on older versions of Windows. We like WinCDEmu, a simple and open-source disc mounting program. It supports ISO files and other disc image formats.

WinCDEmu is even valid on Windows 8 and 10, where it will allow you to mount the BIN/CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, and IMG image files that Windows still doesn’t offer built-in support for.

After the installation of WinCDEmu, right-click a disk image file and click “Select drive letter & mount” from the pop-up menu.

You’ll see a simple interface for choosing the drive letter and other basic options. Click “OK,” and the mounted image will appear under Computer. To unmount the disc image when you’re done, right-click the virtual disc drive and select “Eject.”

Virtual CloneDrive is a freeware tool that lets mount ISO, IMG, BIN, UDF, DVD, and other format image files on Windows PC and works like a physical CD, DVD, or Blu-ray drive, although it only exists virtually. You can mount image files into the virtual drive from your hard disk or a network drive by just double-clicking and starting using it as a standard CD, DVD, or Blu-ray.

After installing the Virtual CloneDrive, it combines itself in right-click context menu, and also you can open its settings through the Windows notification area.

The best thing about the Virtual CloneDrive is that it can mount 15 virtual drives simultaneously. Mounted virtual drives behave like a physical CD/DVD ROM and can be ejected by right-clicking and selecting the Unmount option.

Similarly, right-click on an image file and select the Mount option to see the image file contents in a virtual CD-ROM.

The Virtual CloneDrive is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit architecture, including Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10, and Win 11.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.

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