How to Mount ISO Files on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 and Server 2003 –

An ISO file Image or Disc Image is a file that contains all the data content on an optical disc (CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc). This file also contains the file system of the optical disc and can be created using burning programs such as Nero, ImgBurn, etc. The advantages are that you can always have a digital copy of your original optical disc on hard drive or removable media without having to own a physical optical disc.

One of my favorite free ISO file mounting utilities is called “.Virtual CloneDrive” by Slysoft. With this utility, you can easily install .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF and .BIN files on all versions of Windows. (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 and Server 2003)

Related article: How to Burn ISO File to DVD or CD (Create DVD, CD from ISO)

(Watch this tutorial on YouTube)

How to mount (open and learn) ISO image files in W format. *

*Note: The instructions below are written for Windows 7 and Vista OS. Windows 10 and 8 operating systems have built-in features for mounting .ISO files. Double-click the .ISO image file you want to open and the .ISO will be mounted as a virtual disk on your computer.

Step 1. Download it and Installation “Virtual CloneDrive”.

1. Download it From “Virtual CloneDrive”. Here. (Scroll down to the “Freeware” section.)
2. selectRunning” on the next screen.


3. selectI agree” in the license agreement.

configure virtual clone disk

4. Leave the default settings and select “The next one“.


5. Leave the default installation directory (unless you use another directory to install programs) and select “.Installation“.


6. selectInstallation” in the Windows security pop-up window.


7. When the installation is complete, select “.Shut down“.


Step 2: Using “Virtual Clonedrive” to mount and explore the contents of the ISO image file.

How to mount .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF and .BIN files with Virtual Clonedrive.

After installing Virtual Clonedrive, you should be able to mount the image files easily.

1. Simply choose image file you want to install, right click click on it and “Install (Virtual CloneDrive x:)” from the menu.*

install iso files

2. Then open Windows Explorer, find the virtual drive letter (x:) and explore the contents of your image file. *

* If you want to delete the ISO image, right click in the virtual disk, mark it and select “Turn off“.


(Watch this tutorial on YouTube)

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